High Blood Pressure – Parkland Medical Center

High Blood Pressure – Parkland Medical Center


– [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 Association’s 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 120/80. If your blood pressure
is higher than that have a conversation with your doctor. If your numbers are ever over 180/120 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. (gentle music)

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