Do You Have High Blood Pressure?
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Infographic: Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

By on 05/18/2020

Knowing your blood pressure is the first step in taking steps to help manage the condition. Some people are able to control their blood pressure by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and reducing the amount of sodium they eat. Others will also need to take prescription medication to keep blood pressure numbers in check. This infographic can help you determine what range your blood presure falls into, but you should have a medical professional check your blood pressure regularly.

Whether you need medication or not, it’s important to manage your blood pressure because uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Data is now showing that people with high blood pressure may also be more at risk of getting COVID-19 or may have more serious symptoms of the disease.

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is the first step in avoiding health risks associated with high blood pressure.
Normal
Systolic: Less than 120, and
Diastolic: Less than 80
Elevated
Systolic: 120-129, and
Diastolic: Less than 80
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension – Stage 1)
Systolic: 130-139, or
Diastolic: 80-89
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension – Stage 2)
Systolic: 140 or higher, or
Diastolic: 90  or higher
Hypertensive Crisis*
Systolic: Higher than 180, and/or
Diastolic: Higher than 120
*Consult your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you are also experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, headache or blurry vision,.
High blood pressure is now defined as systolic blood pressure of 130 and higher (top number) and diastolic blood pressure of 80 and higher (bottom number).
Based on these guidelines, about 46% of U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
Depending on your nujbers and other health conditions, you may or may not need medication to manage your blood pressure.,
These healthy lifestyle habits may help keep blood pressure in check:
Move more
Eat smart
De-stress
Sleep well
Don't smoke

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