What do the numbers mean?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- 120/80 mmHg or below is normal
- 140/90mmHg and above is high
It's normal for blood pressure to rise and fall over the day. But it may cause problems if it stays high for a long time. (For example, over two or more checkups.) The higher your blood pressure, the higher chance you have for other health problems.
What causes high blood pressure?
High blood pressure usually develops over time. It can happen because of:
- Unhealthy lifestyle choices, like not getting enough regular physical activity
- Health problems, like diabetes
- Being overweight
What problems does high blood pressure cause?
High blood pressure can damage your health in many ways. It can seriously hurt important organs like your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes.
What can I do to have normal blood pressure?
The good news is that there's a lot you can do:
- Get up and move, about 30 minutes a day, five days a week
- Don't smoke
- Eat a healthy diet; limit the salt and alcohol
- Keep a healthy weight
- Don't let stress get the better of you
Some people also need to take medicine for their high blood pressure.
Talk to your doctor. If you have high blood pressure, you can work together to help keep you healthy.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.