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High Pressure Facts
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. The pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High pressure is also called hypertension.
Unhealthy behaviors can also increase your risk for high pressure, especially for people who have one of the medical conditions listed above. Unhealthy behaviors include
- Smoking tobacco.
- Eating foods high in sodium and low in potassium.
- Not getting enough physical activity.
- Being obese.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypertension
High pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they have it. There’s only one way to know whether you have high pressure: Have a doctor or other health professional measure it.
The chart below shows normal, at-risk, and high blood pressure levels. A blood pressure less than 120/80 mmHg is normal.
Blood Pressure Levels
|systolic: less than 120 mmHg
diastolic: less than 80mmHg
At risk (prehypertension)
|systolic: 120–149 mmHg
diastolic: 80–90 mmHg
|systolic: 150 mmHg or higher
diastolic: 95 mmHg or higher
Keeping your pressure levels in a healthy range usually involves taking medications, reducing sodium in the diet, getting daily physical activity, and quitting smoking.
This means that if you get yourself physically fit and trim it should help reduce hypertension. Losing weight and getting into the normal healthy weight range can help a lot to reduce risk. Reducing salt intake and keeping your sugar level normal is also beneficial.
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