Blood pressure and you: what you don't know can hurt you.
High Blood Pressure--Quick Facts
1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure
30% of people with high blood pressure don't know they have it
High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and/or stroke
What is Hypertension?
** Hypertension, or high blood pressure is called "the silent killer" because people often don't know they have it
** Systolic Pressure (the top number on your reading) reflects the pressure in your arteries when the heart beats
** Diastolic Pressure (the bottom number) reflects the arterial pressure between heartbeats.
** Over time, high blood pressure can damage many of your arteries and organs
Know Your Numbers
* Normal: 119 mm Hg systolic or below and/or 79 mm Hg diastolic or below
* Prehypertension: 120 to 139 mm Hg systolic and/or 80 to 89 diastolic or below
* Stage 1 Hypertension: 140 to 159 mm Hg systolic and/or between 90 and 99 mm Hg diastolic
* Stage 2 Hypertension: 160 mm Hg or above systolic and/or 100 mm Hg diastolic or above
What You Can Do ... Today!
1. Have your blood pressure checked.
2. If your blood pressure is high, see a doctor.
3. Exercise for 30 minutes.
4. Stop smoking,
5. Eating 5-9 fruits and vegetables.
6. Avoid salt and fat.
7. Find ways to reduce the stress
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2009|
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