As president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, in Spring, TX, Donald ”Don” Lee Pferdehirt specializes in providing expert-level insight to clients on operations and personnel matters for chemical facilities. Don Pferdehirt is also a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association (AHA).
According to a recent report from the AHA, about half of all American adults suffer from cardiovascular disease. In light of these figures, the organization recently issued new guidelines for the treatment of high blood pressure, which can lead to serious issues like heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
Researchers and heart professionals note that some blood pressure levels that were once considered healthy have been shown to be connected to worse outcomes for patients, highlighting the importance of early intervention.
Today, high blood pressure is defined as 130/80, compared to the old definition of 140/90. While the guidelines represent progress in cardiovascular health, cardiologists say emphasizing healthy heart habits is still the number one priority. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise, keeping off extra weight, and avoiding smoking are some of the most common habits that lead to better cardiovascular outcomes.