Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. Between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure.
Your blood pressure reading uses these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Usually they are written one above or before the other. The blood pressure guidelines and recommendations for treatment were revised in 2017. The current classifications consider a reading of
- 120/80 or lower is normal blood pressure
- 120-129 systolic and 80 or lower diastolic is elevated blood pressure
- 130-139 systolic OR 80-89 diastolic is hypertension stage 1
- 140/90 or higher is hypertension stage 2
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but it can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney failure. You can control high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle habits and taking medicines, if needed.
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- High Blood Pressure, American Heart Association
- General information on blood pressure from the national nonprofit health organization focusing on cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- High Blood Pressure, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- An overview of blood pressure from the national agency for diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and lungs.
- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Testing, Health District
- Dates/locations for local blood pressure checks and cholesterol testing from the Health District of Northern Larimer County.
- Healthy Hearts, UCHealth
- Healthy Hearts is an outreach heart-health screening and preventive education program offered by University of Colorado Health to adults and to elementary and high school students in northern Colorado.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about high blood pressure and heart disease, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
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