More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke in both men AND women
Compared to those with normal blood pressure
People with high blood pressure are 4x more likely to die from a stroke and 3x more likely to die from heart disease
High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important.
Understanding your blood pressure - What do the numbers mean?
When you have your blood pressure taken, you are told 2 numbers like 120/80. Both numbers are important. The first number is your pressure when your heart beats (systolic pressure). The second number is your pressure when your heart relaxes (diastolic pressure).
Blood pressure usually ranges between 90 to 250 for the top or maximum number (systolic) and 60 to 140 for the bottom or minimum number (diastolic). A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 or less, but normally the lower you can get it, the better.
What you can do
There are life-saving medicines people can take every day to help control their high blood pressure. Additionally, by making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
Eat a healthy diet
Reduce sodium in your diet
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Cut back on caffeine
Reduce your stress
Monitor your blood pressure at home and see your doctor regularly