About Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Blood pressure can be controlled, through lifestyle change and/or medication. High blood pressure can have serious health consequences like stroke or heart attack.
Get it Checked
The first step to having a healthy blood pressure is getting your blood pressure checked. Your blood pressure consists of two numbers the systolic number (upper number) and the diastolic number (lower number). The systolic measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, the diastolic number measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure should be 120/80 or lower. Because there are no symptoms, one-third of all adults don't know they have high blood pressure. Check your blood pressure today!
What is "Normal" Blood Pressure?
|Blood Pressure Category||Systolic mm Hg|
|Diastolic mm Hg|
|Normal||Less than 120||Less than 80|
|Stage 1 high blood pressure||140-159||90-99|
|Stage 2 high blood pressure||160 or higher||100 or higher|
|Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed)||Higher than 180||Higher than 110|
If your blood pressure is above the normal range, you should ask your doctor about ways to lower it. Lowering your blood pressure can improve your overall health as well as your cardiovascular health.