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High Blood Pressure

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Some people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure at each office visit. (23) Between doctor visits, get a free blood pressure reading at your local pharmacy or Healthcare Clinic.


What do my blood pressure results tell me?

Two numbers are used to describe blood pressure, which is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. The higher number, called the systolic pressure, is when your heart beats, pumping blood. The lower number, or diastolic pressure, is when your heart is at rest, between beats. You have high blood pressure if the top number, bottom number or both are too high? (25)


Blood Pressure Readings (25)


120/80 or lower


140/90 or higher


Top number: 120-139; bottom number; 80-89


What are the dangers of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure raises your risk for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney damage, eye disease and premature death. (25)


How can I lower my blood pressure?

There are two main ways to lower blood pressure:

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits and taking medication, if needed?(26)

Some lifestyle changes you can make:

Achieve a healthy weight

Eat a heart-healthy diet, like the DASH diet

If you smoke, quit

Eat less salt

Reduce stress

Exercise regularly

Limit how much alcohol you drink (26,27)


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