Managing High Blood Pressure
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Managing High Blood Pressure

August 31, 2019


[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Nearly half
the adults in America have high blood pressure. But because it develops
slowly over time, many don’t even know
they have the condition. The only way to know your
blood pressure for sure is by testing it with the
American Heart Association’s guidelines. There are two numbers in
a blood pressure reading. The top number measures
systolic pressure, or the maximum pressure your
heart exerts while beating. The bottom number is
the diastolic pressure, which is the amount of pressure
in your arteries between beats. A normal blood pressure reading
is anything under 120 over 80. If your blood pressure
is higher than that, have a conversation
with your doctor. If your numbers are
ever over 180 over 120, consult your doctor immediately. There are some things
you can’t change that can increase your risk for
developing high blood pressure, including family
history, age, and race. But it can be successfully
managed through lifestyle changes and medications. To keep your blood pressure
in a healthy range, eat a well-balanced diet
that’s low in sodium, exercise regularly, lose
weight, quit smoking, drink less alcohol,
and manage stress. By knowing your numbers and
working with your doctor, you can lower your
blood pressure and lead a healthier life.

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