Heart Health 2023 Content

Get into the Rhythm of Heart Health

Learn How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, happens when your blood pressure is regularly too high. There are usually no clear signs, so the best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked by your healthcare provider.

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Understanding Your Numbers

Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure is the top number, which shows the pressure your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries when your heart beats.
  • Diastolic pressure is the lower number. It shows blood pressure against your artery walls when your heart muscle rests between beats.
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Determining Your Blood Pressure Range

Blood pressure has five ranges. Knowing your Systolic and Diastolic numbers can help you manage high blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm HG
(upper number)
and/or Diastolic mm Hg
(lower number)
Normal Less than 120 and Less than 80
Elevated 120-129 and Less than 80
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
130-139 or 80-89
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
140 or higher or 90 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(consult your doctor immediately)
Higher than 180 and/or Higher than 120


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Making Small Changes That Make A Big Difference

Healthy lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure and improve overall health.

  • Eat a balanced diet with less salt
  • Do not drink too much alcohol
  • Get regular exercise and stick to it
  • Find ways to manage your stress
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking if you do
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed

If you have any questions about how to lower your blood pressure, talk to your healthcare provider. They can help you with more information and guidance.

Maintaining a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Keeping your blood pressure under control is an ongoing commitment. With the help of your healthcare provider, you can manage your high blood pressure and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Lowering the risk of other health problems
  • Living a healthier, happier life

Don’t delay—take steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle today!

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This information is provided for general informational purposes. Information contained in this communication is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding your healthcare needs.