The first step in managing high blood pressure is knowing your numbers.
Knowing your blood pressure is the first step in taking steps to help manage the condition. In 2017, blood pressure guidelines were updated for the first time since 2003 and the newer guidelines mean more Americans than ever are being diagnosed with high blood pressure. Some people are able to control their blood pressure by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and reducing the amount of sodium they eat. Others will also need to take prescription medication to keep blood pressure numbers in check.
Whether you need medication or not, it’s important to manage your blood pressure because uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. This infographic can help you determine what range your blood presure falls into, but you should have a medical professional check your blood pressure regularly.
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Date Last Reviewed: March 3, 2020
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