The Reading / Listening - Blood Pressure - Level 2

Millions more people around the world have high blood pressure. For many decades, doctors said high blood pressure started at a reading of 140 over 90. The American Heart Association (AHA) changed these numbers. It said the disease should be treated sooner. It said high blood pressure now starts at 130 over 80. Blood pressure is when your heart pushes blood around your body. If this pushing is too strong, it puts stress on your heart and arteries. This can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80.



Health problems can happen at 130 over 80. The AHA said it is possible for people to have this level of blood pressure without medicine. The new reading is "a yellow light" that warns you need to lower your blood pressure, mainly without medicine. People with high blood pressure need to make lifestyle changes. They should lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier food, avoid alcohol and salt, quit smoking, and avoid stress. The new reading of 130 over 80 means that 46 per cent of adults in the USA have high blood pressure. This is up from 32 per cent using the old numbers.

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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. Health problems can happen
  2. it is possible for people to
  3. you need to lower your
  4. They should lose
  5. avoid alcohol and
  6. The new reading
  7. 46 per cent of adults
  8. This is up from 32 per cent using
  1. in the USA
  2. at 130 over 80
  3. salt
  4. the old numbers
  5. of 130 over 80
  6. have this level
  7. weight
  8. blood pressure

Paragraph 2

  1. Health problems can happen
  2. a yellow light that
  3. need to make lifestyle
  4. They should lose
  5. avoid alcohol
  6. The new reading
  7. adults in the USA have high
  8. up from 32 per cent using
  1. and salt
  2. blood pressure
  3. warns you
  4. the old numbers
  5. at 130 over 80
  6. weight
  7. of 130 over 80
  8. changes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Millions more people around the (1) ___________________ blood pressure. (2) ___________________, doctors said high blood pressure started at a reading of 140 over 90. The American Heart Association (AHA) changed these numbers. It said the disease should (3) ___________________. It said high blood pressure now starts at 130 over 80. Blood pressure is when (4) ___________________ blood around your body. If this pushing is too strong, it (5) ___________________ your heart and arteries. This can lead to heart (6) ___________________. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80.

Health problems (7) ___________________ 130 over 80. The AHA said it is possible for people to (8) ___________________ of blood pressure without medicine. The new reading is "a yellow light" that warns you (9) ___________________ your blood pressure, mainly without medicine. People with high blood pressure need to (10) ___________________. They should lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier food, (11) ___________________ salt, quit smoking, and avoid stress. The new reading of 130 over 80 means that 46 per cent of adults in the USA have high blood pressure. This is up from 32 per cent (12) ___________________ numbers.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Millionsmorepeoplearoundtheworldhavehighbloodpressure.Forman
ydecades,doctorssaidhighbloodpressurestartedatareadingof140ov
er90.TheAmericanHeartAssociation(AHA)changedthesenumbers.It
saidthediseaseshouldbetreatedsooner.Itsaidhighbloodpressurenow
startsat130over80.Bloodpressureiswhenyourheartpushesbloodaro
undyourbody.Ifthispushingistoostrong,itputsstressonyourheartand
arteries.Thiscanleadtoheartattacksandstrokes.Normalbloodpressur
eislessthan120over80.Healthproblemscanhappenat130over80.The
AHAsaiditispossibleforpeopletohavethislevelofbloodpressurewi
thoutmedicine.Thenewreadingis"ayellowlight"thatwarnsyouneedto
loweryourbloodpressure,mainlywithoutmedicine.Peoplewithhighbl
oodpressureneedtomakelifestylechanges.Theyshouldloseweight,ex
ercisemore,eathealthierfood,avoidalcoholandsalt,quitsmoking,and
avoidstress.Thenewreadingof130over80meansthat46percentofadu
ltsintheUSAhavehighbloodpressure.Thisisupfrom32percentusingth
eoldnumbers.

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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