Protect Your Heart
Feb 07, 2018
Although many of us understand the importance of a healthy body and lifestyle, we don’t always know how to go about achieving and maintaining it. One way to help you stay on top of your health, protect your heart, and prevent many health problems is by regularly monitoring your blood pressure.
Blood Pressure Blood pressure is determined by two things:
- The amount of blood your heart pumps and,
- The amount of resistance your blood experiences as it flows through your arteries.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of blood pushing against the arteries as the heart pumps blood is elevated.
Blood pressure is written as two numbers:
- The first or upper (systolic) number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats.
- The second or lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats.
Blood Pressure Levels
- Systolic: Less than 120 mmHg
- Diastolic: Less than 80 mmHG
- Systolic: 120-129 mmHg
- Diastolic: Less than 80 mmHg
- Systolic: 130 mmHg or higher
- Diastolic: 80 mmHg or higher
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is often known as the “silent killer”. This is because many times there are no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure. Knowing the risk factors of high blood pressure and managing them appropriately can help increase your quality of life and reduce your risk of serious health problems including heart attack and stroke.
Take charge of your risk factors by:
- Engaging in physical activity regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a well balanced, nutritious diet
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking and tobacco use
- Managing stress
Prevent Health Problems
Learning how to achieve and maintain a healthy body and lifestyle is not always easy, but only you can make changes to improve
your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other serious illnesses. Protect your heart today by monitoring and
learning about your blood pressure.