Embrace a heart-healthy life with blood pressure management.
We want to help you make healthy decisions so you can live a long, fulfilling life. If you already have hypertension, get regular checkups to manage your symptoms. Your provider will likely prescribe a treatment plan and advise you on making healthy lifestyle changes. You may also need to take medications. The goal of treatment is to reduce your blood pressure enough to avoid more serious problems.
Early diagnosis and simple, healthy changes can keep high blood pressure from seriously damaging your health. Our blood pressure resources below can help you get on the right track and help you manage high blood pressure!
High blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood is consistently too high against the walls of your blood vessels and arteries. Nicknamed "the silent killer", high blood pressure usually shows no symptoms, yet it can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke. That's why preventative care is essential.1
There are controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.2
- Being overweight
- High cholesterol
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Family history
Some other, harder to manage factors include chronic kidney disease and obstructive sleep apnea.
- At your primary care provider's office
- At a pharmacy that has a digital blood pressure machine
- At home with a blood pressure monitor you use yourself
What Does Your Blood Pressure Mean?
The top number in your blood pressure reading is "systolic pressure." This is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The bottom number is "diastolic pressure" and it measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heart beats, at rest.3 Use this chart to see how your measurements stack up.
|Blood Pressure Category||Systolic||Diastolic|
|Normal||Under 120||and under 80|
|Elevated||120-129||and under 80|
|Hypertension Stage 1||130-139||or 80-89|
|Hypertension Stage 2||Over 140||or over 90|
|Hypertensive Crisis||Over 180||and/or over 120|