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Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension) is much too common and can be very dangerous. It puts people at risk for heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, vision loss, peripheral artery disease, sexual dysfunction, pregnancy complications, and cognitive decline.
February is heart health awareness month. During this month please take the time to simply get your blood pressure checked or set up a biometrics screening at your local BluMine Health clinic.*
- High blood pressure may be linked to dementia
- Young people can have high blood pressure, too
- High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms
- Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it
- Women and African Americans face unique risks when it comes to high blood pressure
By living a healthy lifestyle, you can keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.*
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood pressure from your heart to other parts of your body. Your blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers:
Systolic blood pressure – meaures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats
Diastolic blood pressure – measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats
A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is blood pressure that is higher than normal. The higher your blood pressure levels, the more risk you have for other health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.*
*Resources for Individuals and Patients | cdc.gov