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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
KNOW THE FACTS
HOW COMMON IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
Almost 50% of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it. Getting regular blood pressure screenings and treatment for high blood pressure can help protect your health and may even prevent your death from heart attacks and strokes.
WHAT CAUSES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
High blood pressure — also called hypertension — is a condition in which your blood flow applies excessive pressure against your blood vessels. There are many causes of high blood pressure, including:
Getting regular blood pressure screenings can help your doctor track your health and understand your risk for blood pressure-related complications, such as heart attack and stroke.
AM I AT RISK FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
Lifestyle factors are a major contributor to developing high blood pressure. Some common risk factors include:
Smoking and tobacco use
Drinking too much alcohol
Unhealthy diet, or a diet high in salt
Being overweight or obese
These lifestyle factors can be modified to reduce your risk.
HOW IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DIAGNOSED?
High blood pressure is diagnosed based on a blood pressure screening. This is a typical part of your physical exam when a blood pressure cuff is placed around your arm and filled with air.
For example, a reading of 120/80 and under means your blood pressure is normal, and a reading of 140/90 means you have Stage 2 high blood pressure. Learning your numbers is the best way to keep track of your blood pressure. It’s always best to notice any elevations in blood pressure and follow your doctor’s instructions to lower your numbers to a safer level.
HOW IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TREATED?
Depending on the severity of your high blood pressure, your doctor will recommend appropriate treatment options. In most cases, your treatment will begin with lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight, getting more exercise, or eating healthier.
If conservative methods aren’t enough, your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. These must be taken exactly as directed — along with any other medications your doctor recommends — for them to be effective.
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