Study: Pre-Hypertension Significantly Increases Risk Of Stroke

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Analysis on a series of studies conducted on more than 500,000 thousand people finds slightly higher than normal blood pressure, known as pre-hypertension, can significantly increase one’s risk for stroke.

According to the report, if the top blood pressure number, the systolic number, is in the range of 120 to 129 the risk of stroke increases by 22-percent. When that number climbs to 130-139, the risk increases to 79-percent.

The authors of the study suggest that medication should be started earlier, but there is no doubt lifestyle intervention such as diet and increased exercise can help.

Now here’s my advice as we await further studies: this is not going to change. We will be heading in this direction and nobody should panic, but patients need to talk to their physician about ways to make changes which may include medication, lifestyle, or both.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio

Police: Man Arrested In 'Killer Clown' Home Invasion

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS Tampa)- A man was arrested after invading a local home while wearing a "killer clown" mask. According to the Sun-Sentinel, 39-year-old Sherard Ali now faces charges of home invasion, masked robbery and false imprisonment in relation to the July 12 incident. At around 2:55 a.m. the day of the attack, local resident Sarah Pastor was awakened by a knock at her door. When she opened it, she found a man wearing what was described as a "killer clown" mask and a black skeleton t-shirt. He allegedly had two men on either side of him, both armed with crow bars. Pastor told authorities that Ali lifted the mask long enough to warn her to leave. After she ran, the three men entered the apartment and found Jeffrey Zimmer, 56, still in bed. Zimmer is reporedly on probation for assault of an eldergly person and burglary. The paper learned that the invaders tied his arms and legs with plastic zip ties, then wrapped his head in a bed sheet before threatening to kill him. Ali and the other two men absconded with a safe that held watches, cash and credit cards amounting to over $5,000, as well as prescription medication. When Zimmer freed himself, he called the police.
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