High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure


– [Narrator] Nearly half the adults in America have high blood pressure, but because it develops slowly over time, many don’t even know
they have the condition. The only way to know your blood pressure for sure, is by testing it with the American Heart
Associations guidelines. There are two numbers in
a blood pressure reading. The top number measures Systolic Pressure, or the maximum pressure your
heart exerts while beating. The bottom number is
the Diastolic Pressure, which is the amount of pressure in your arteries between beats. A normal blood pressure reading is anything under 120 over 80. If your blood pressure
is higher than that, have a conversation with your doctor. If your numbers are
ever over 180 over 120, consult your doctor immediately. There are some things you can’t change that can increase your risk for developing high blood pressure, including family history, age, and race. But it can be successfully managed through lifestyle changes and medications. To keep your blood pressure
in a healthy range, eat a well balanced diet
that’s low in sodium, exercise regularly, lose weight, quit smoking, drink less
alcohol, and manage stress. By knowing your numbers and
working with your doctor, you can lower your blood pressure
and lead a healthier life.