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.
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
|and/or||Diastolic mm Hg
|Normal||Less than 120||and||Less than 80|
|Elevated||120-129||and||Less than 80|
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
|140 or higher||or||90 or higher|
(consult your doctor immediately)
|Higher than 180||and/or||Higher than 120|
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.