The Reading / Listening - Blood Pressure - Level 1

Millions more people have high blood pressure. The reading for high blood pressure used to start at 140 over 90. American doctors changed these numbers to 130 over 80. They said the disease should be treated sooner. Blood pressure is your heart pushing blood around your body. If this pushing is too strong, it stresses your heart and arteries. This can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80, or less.



Health problems can happen at 130 over 80. People can have this level of blood pressure without medicine. The new reading is a warning for you to lower your blood pressure, without medicine. People with high blood pressure need to change their lifestyle. They should lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier food, avoid alcohol and salt, quit smoking, and avoid stress. Over 46 per cent of adults in the USA now have high blood pressure, up from 32 per cent.

Try the same news story at these levels:

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Sources
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-11-adults-high-blood-pressure-guidelines.html
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-13/thirty-million-americans-just-got-high-blood-pressure
  • https://www.newsday.com/news/health/new-high-blood-pressure-systolic-guidelines-1.14967340


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Millions more people have high
  2. blood pressure used to start
  3. doctors changed
  4. the disease should
  5. your heart pushing blood
  6. it stresses your heart and
  7. This can lead to heart attacks
  8. Normal blood pressure
  1. arteries
  2. blood pressure
  3. is 120 over 80
  4. these numbers
  5. and strokes
  6. at 140 over 90
  7. around your body
  8. be treated sooner

Paragraph 2

  1. Health problems can happen
  2. The new reading is a
  3. lower your
  4. They should lose
  5. avoid alcohol
  6. quit smoking and
  7. Over 46 per cent of adults in
  8. up from
  1. avoid stress
  2. at 130 over 80
  3. the USA
  4. blood pressure
  5. 32 per cent
  6. weight
  7. and salt
  8. warning

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Millions more people have (1) ___________________. The reading for high blood pressure (2) ___________________ at 140 over 90. American doctors changed (3) _________________ 130 over 80. They said the disease should (4) ___________________. Blood pressure is your heart pushing blood around your body. If this pushing is too strong, it stresses your (5) ___________________. This can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Normal (6) ___________________ 120 over 80, or less.

Health problems can happen at 130 over 80. People can have (7) ___________________ blood pressure without medicine. The new reading is a warning for (8) ___________________ your blood pressure, without medicine. People with high blood pressure need to (9) ___________________. They should lose weight, exercise more, (10) ___________________, avoid alcohol and salt, quit smoking, (11) ___________________. Over 46 per cent of adults in the USA now have high blood (12) ___________________ 32 per cent.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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dpressureusedtostartat140over90.Americandoctorschangedthese
numbersto130over80.Theysaidthediseaseshouldbetreatedsooner.
Bloodpressureisyourheartpushingbloodaroundyourbody.Ifthispushi
ngistoostrong,itstressesyourheartandarteries.Thiscanleadtohearta
ttacksandstrokes.Normalbloodpressureis120over80,orless.Healthp
roblemscanhappenat130over80.Peoplecanhavethislevelofbloodpre
ssurewithoutmedicine.Thenewreadingisawarningforyoutoloweryou
rbloodpressure,withoutmedicine.Peoplewithhighbloodpressurenee
dtochangetheirlifestyle.Theyshouldloseweight,exercisemore,eathe
althierfood,avoidalcoholandsalt,quitsmoking,andavoidstress.Over4
6percentofadultsintheUSAnowhavehighbloodpressure,upfrom32pe
rcent.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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