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In 2002 the American Heart Association revised its guidelines
for preventing heart disease. They include the following:
Improve Cholesterol. People with at least two risk factors,
and a 10-year risk for heart disease or stroke of more than 20
percent, should aim for LDL ("bad cholesterol") levels of less than
100 mg/dL. Statins are now used in more cases.
Keep Blood Pressure Low. People in normal health should have
a blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg or less. According to new
guidelines, Blood pressure readings of 120/80 are considered
normal, readings of 140/90 or higher indicate hypertension, and
readings in between the two are called pre-hypertension. Patients
with diabetes or chronic kidney disease should maintain blood
pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg or less, while those without
these complications should have readings be no higher than 140/90
Exercise. Everyone in normal health should engage in at
least moderate physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes on
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