What is your Blood Pressure Goal
May is high blood pressure education month. Have you checked your blood pressure lately? Do you have high blood pressure and have you discussed a blood pressure goal and treatment with your healthcare provider? According to the CDC one in three american adults or 67 million American have high blood pressure also known as hypertension. More than half do not have proper blood pressure control.
What is a Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is produced by the force of blood pushing against blood vessels as blood is pumped from the heart and travels through the body. Blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is blood pressure when the heart pumps blood and diastolic pressure is blood pressure when the heart is resting before the next heart beat. A blood pressure measurement includes systolic and diastolic pressures measured as millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
What is High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
High blood pressure or hypertension is blood pressure that is elevated (higher) above normal blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is systolic pressure less than 120 mmHg and diastolic pressure less than 80 mmHg. Systolic pressure between 120 and 139 mmHg or diastolic pressure between 80 and 89 mmHg is classified as prehypertension and signifies increased risk of developing high blood pressure in the future. High blood pressure (hypertension) is blood systolic blood pressure higher than 140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure higher than 90 mmHg.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Many people are not aware that they have high blood pressure because it often does not produce symptoms or warning signs. That is why it is called the silent killer. Measuring blood pressure is the only way to detect high blood pressure.
How to Measure and Monitor your Blood Pressure
Measure your blood pressure at the pharmacy: Many pharmacies have blood pressure measuring stations.
Purchase an automatic blood pressure measuring device that you can use anytime at home and follow the instructions.
Have your blood pressure checked at your doctor’s office.
Blood pressure varies during the day and changes with posture. Check you blood pressure at different times and in a seated position.
What are the Effects of High Blood Pressure
How to Lower High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure control requires a long term commitment to life style changes and use of medications.
Know your target blood pressure and commit to getting to your blood pressure goal
Reduce salt intake
Take blood pressure medications as prescribed
Lose weight and eat a healthy diet
Reduce alcohol consumption
Have regular blood pressure follow up clinic visits and take control of your care. Do not wait for your clinic to schedule follow up visits.
Discuss your medications and blood pressure control with your pharmacist. Consider hiring a personal pharmacist to help you manage your medications.
Find a blood pressure buddy that can help motivate you to stick to your plan and goals. They are your life-line.
Use smart phone apps to remind you to take your medications.
Controlling blood pressure is a life-long commitment. High blood pressure has no cure and if not controlled high blood pressure can lead to many serious complications. Fortunately, there are many different types of medications that can reduce blood pressure effectively and safely, especially when combined with life style changes. Commit to reach your blood pressure goal and extend your life.
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