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February 1, 2019

Heart Health and Your Blood Pressure

February is American Heart Month, so it’s a good time to start taking care of your heart health.If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked, make a commitment to do so today!

According to HealthFinder.com, the following information is important to your well-being:

Who Has High Blood Pressure?

One in three Americans has high blood pressure. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly starting at age 18.

How Often Should I Check It?

  • If you are age 40 or older, or if you are at higher risk for high blood pressure, get your blood pressure checked once a year.
  • If you are age 18 to 40 and you aren’t at higher risk for high blood pressure, get your blood pressure checked every three to five years.

Am I at Risk?

Your risks for high blood pressure are higher if you:

  • Are African American
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have blood pressure that’s a little higher than usual (called high normal blood pressure)

Learn more about your risk for high blood pressure.

Heart Healthy - Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries when your heart pumps blood. Your arteries are the tubes that carry blood away from your heart.

Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension (“hy-puhr-TEHN-shun”) is the medical term for high blood pressure. High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.

Final Thoughts

Celebrate life and have your blood pressure checked today. When you take the steps necessary to lower your blood pressure, you can  reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Lowering your blood pressure can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Source: HealthFinder

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