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High Blood Pressure Numbers. What They Mean And How To Lower Them.

High Blood Pressure Numbers.

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. 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 Numbers

Normal 120/80 or lower
High 140/90 or higher
Prehypertension 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)

 

2 Ways How To Lower Your High Blood Pressure.

There are two main ways to lower blood pressure:

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

 

7 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Lower Your High Blood Pressure.

  1. Achieve a healthy weight
  2. Eat a heart-healthy diet, like the DASH diet
  3. If you smoke, quit
  4. Eat less salt
  5. Reduce stress
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Limit how much alcohol you drink 

 

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High Blood Pressure Numbers. What They Mean And How To Lower Them.
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High Blood Pressure Numbers. What They Mean And How To Lower Them.
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