Tonight (June 26, 2012) at 10 p.m. ET, PBS network's FRONTLINE will feature an investigative dive into dental health care in America. The show, "Dollars and Dentists", will explore the importance of dental health and why it seems so out of reach for many people.
FRONTLINE is also giving folks a chance to ask questions and make comments about the report. You can find out more and get a direct link to the live chat HERE .
We hope you'll be able to watch the show and take part in the discussion about it. And, be sure to come back here to pose your own dental health questions to our board experts.
With those numbers, he has high blood pressure and is at risk for health complications. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke - read all about symptoms, treatment and management here: WebMD Hypertension & High Blood Pressure Community.
Systolic is the top number and diastolic is the bottom number. A normal systolic blood pressure is below 120. A systolic blood pressure number of 140 or higher is considered to be hypertension, or high blood pressure.
The diastolic blood pressure number or the bottom number indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. A diastolic blood pressure number of 90 or higher is considered to be hypertension or high blood pressure.
Has your roommate had a physical exam and discussed his numbers with a doctor? I would encourage him to address his high blood pressure ASAP.