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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!

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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. 

Healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges
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
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Blood Pressure By the Numbers

25%

Only 1 in 4 adults with hypertension have their condition under control.

100M

More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure.4

20%

Only 1 in 5 Americans get enough exercise.

1 https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm
2 https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/why-high-blood-pressure-is-a-silent-killer/know-your-risk-factors-for-high-blood-pressure
3 https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/measure.htm 
4 https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/05/01/more-than-100-million-americans-have-high-blood-pressure-aha-says