Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study in the Journal Neurology finds even pre-hypertension could still threaten your life.

St. Louis University Hospital stroke nurse practitioner, Anna Skorupa, says there’s a 66 percent greater stroke risk than people with normal blood pressure.

She says patients that have a blood pressure of either 120 over 80 or 139 over 89, that is their gray area for the condition.

“Patients who have pre-hypertension, are at more of a risk of stroke than we previously thought,” says Skorupa.

Skorupa says that if people have these symptoms, it is time to definitely make some lifestyle changes. This includes exercising more, eating better and no smoking. She advises if you have another stroke risk, talk to your doctor about getting on some medicine.

“Things like increasing your physical activity, we recommend 20 to 30 minutes most days of the week,” says Skorupa. “Another important thing is watching your diet intake of salts and fats and making sure you’re getting plenty of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.”

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