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If you can't remember the last time you had your blood pressure checked, now's the time to do it.  One in three Americans has high blood pressure but a lot of you don't know it because there are no symptoms.  Here's Health Plus with tips for managing a serious condition.

It was a routine trip to the dentist that uncovered a serious situation for Elaine Sloan.     

"I'd gone to the dentist and I didn't realize they took your blood pressure.  It was very high," she says.

That was news to the 73-year-old Waverly woman who had no family history or symptoms.

"It was a total shock.  I had no indication, nothing."

Her doctor at Covenant Clinic in Waverly confirmed the problem and took action to lower her risk of heart attack or stroke.

"She was relatively active.  Sounds like her diet, she was avoiding salt, eating a well-balanced diet so we made the decision early on to go with medication," says Dr. Adam Brooks.

Brooks says changes in diet and exercise may correct high blood pressure without the need for drugs to lower it-but you need to know your numbers.

"Anything less than 120 over 80 is considered a good blood pressure to have and then once you're diagnosed, the goal with treatment is usually 140 over 90."

After three months on medication, Elaine's blood pressure is being managed but the diagnosis never slowed her down.

"That would be silly, wouldn't it?"

You don't have to go to the doctor to get your check; blood pressure machines are located in local grocery stores.If you can't remember the last time you had your blood pressure checked, now's the time to do it. One in three Americans has high blood pressure but a lot of you don't know it because there are no symptoms. Here's Health Plus with tips for managing a serious condition.

It was a routine trip to the dentist that uncovered a serious situation for Elaine Sloan.

"I'd gone to the dentist and I didn't realize they took your blood pressure. It was very high," she says.

That was news to the 73-year-old Waverly woman who had no family history or symptoms.

"It was a total shock. I had no indication, nothing."

Her doctor at Covenant Clinic in Waverly confirmed the problem and took action to lower her risk of heart attack or stroke.

"She was relatively active. Sounds like her diet, she was avoiding salt, eating a well-balanced diet so we made the decision early on to go with medication," says Dr. Adam Brooks.

Brooks says changes in diet and exercise may correct high blood pressure without the need for drugs to lower it-but you need to know your numbers.

"Anything less than 120 over 80 is considered a good blood pressure to have and then once you're diagnosed, the goal with treatment is usually 140 over 90."

After three months on medication, Elaine's blood pressure is being managed but the diagnosis never slowed her down.

"That would be silly, wouldn't it?"

You don't have to go to the doctor to get your check; blood pressure machines are located in local grocery stores.

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