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When Raymond R. Townsend, M.D., was in medical school in the 1970s, the formula for blood pressure was simple. "Doctors were taught that the normal top blood pressure number was 100 plus a person's age," says Townsend, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "We now know that numbers even close to that high — as you get older — are very dangerous."
Research has come a long way, but there's still controversy about optimal levels, the best treatments and even how to measure blood pressure. There's no debate, however, that high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, stroke, vision problems, even dementia.
Here are 15 must-know facts about high blood pressure that just might save your life.
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Despite your average Shaggy and Scooby-style stereotypes, researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life.
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In the United States, about 10,000 people turn 65 each day, and one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2030. Globally, the number of people age 60 and over is projected to leap from about 900 million in 2015 to 2 billion by 2050, according to the World Health Organization.
Between 2000 and 2050, the 80-and-older cohort will almost quadruple, and those 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 14. It should be noted that many experts see these demographic predictions as too modest. In the wake of the decoding of the human genome, even longer lives and larger aging populations may be just ahead.
We envision a future that advances public health, creates age-friendly homes and communities, enables lifelong learning, work and entrepreneurship, and promotes purposeful engagement and volunteerism.