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Heart disease and stroke may result from high blood pressure.

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure has no visible symptoms. Many people don't know they have it until it affects their health in serious ways. 

What is high blood pressure?

When your heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood vessels. High blood pressure increases the workload on the heart and blood vessels.  It occurs when the force of blood pushing against your artery walls is consistently too high.  


Causes of high blood pressure - know
your risks:

The risk of developing high blood pressure could be inherited.  Additionally, having diabetes can also increase the likelyhood of being diagnosed with high blood pressure.  However, certain factors that lead to high blood pressure can be managed and controlled.  


Drinking too much alcohol

Being overweight or

Lack of exerise or
remaining inactive

Understanding Your Numbers

Systolic pressure is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. 

Diastolic pressure is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats. 

A blood pressure reading of 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say "120 over 80" or write "120/80 mmHg"

The following chart indicates a "normal" blood pressure range, those at risk and those who have hypertension.  If your healthcare provider finds your blood pressure is in the at-risk level, you have the beginning of Stage 1 hypertension and should work to lower your blood pressure by practicing healthier living habits. 

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