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Blood Pressure

blood pressure check

What is it?

Blood pressure is a measure to determine the force of your blood against the arterial walls as your heart pumps (systolic-top number) and while at rest (diastolic-bottom number).

Why does it matter?

The higher the force needed to pump blood, the harder the heart has to work.

What do abnormal results indicate?

High blood pressure can cause damage to the walls of arteries. Elevated systolic or diastolic values have both been linked to increased risk for arterial and cardiac diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke.

Normal Range

< 130/85 mmHg

*NOTE: For Health First, both the systolic and diastolic values should be less than 130/85.

What Can I do to Improve/Change My Numbers?
 
Resources:

Dash Diet: Mayo Clinic or EatRight.org

Eating Guide: Eating Guide AHA

Managing Stress: AHA Resource