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Blood pressure in check allows woman to breathe sigh of relief

The knock on the door from Dr. Eric Yeung at Asheville Cardiology, an affiliate of Mission Health, was a wake-up call for 41-year-old Ronesscia Hughes. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"It started about 5 years ago, and I didn't do anything about it."

The knock on the door from Dr. Eric Yeung at Asheville Cardiology, an affiliate of Mission Health, was a wake-up call for 41-year-old Ronesscia Hughes.

"I was having problems breathing," Hughes recalled. "From the bathroom to my bed, I was out of breath."

Her blood pressure was sky high at 170 over 140, sometimes 180 over 140, putting her at risk for a heart attack or stroke.

"The ideal blood pressure under our current guidelines would be less than 130 over 80," explained Yeung. "That's a change from 2014 when it was 140 over 90, the optimal blood pressure."

"I didn't think I was going to make it," Hughes said.

Diet, exercise, and medication have changed the woman's life by reducing her blood pressure and increasing her energy.

"I can walk a long distance and not lose my breath," she insisted. "I can deal with my kids and not be out of breath; I'm fine; I'm good now."

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