This is a partnered post with Measure Up Pressure Down.
I always forget what a healthy blood pressure is supposed to be when my blood pressure is taken. Yesterday I had mine taken and it was 106/65 and I forgot that the top number is supposed to be over 100, I was worried that my numbers were high, but they aren’t. A good range is less than 120 and less than 80 on the lower number. I just found out that May is High Blood Pressure Education Month and wanted to share some resources about knowing your numbers and how to keep it down. It’s important to me because my mom has high blood pressure, my grandmother had high blood pressure, so I know it runs in my family, I’m just waiting for the day I have high blood pressure too. Did you know one in three U.S adults (more than 32% of women) have high blood pressure – costing the nation $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses – and 20% don’t event know they have it. High blood pressure leads to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, and other health problems.
At its simplest, blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body. That’s why it is important to know your blood pressure and follow your health care professional’s instructions if it is too high. Here is an infographic about high blood pressure facts.
If your numbers fall into the “at risk” (prehypertension) or “high” classifications, or are often above 140/90, make an appointment with your health care provider. The most important thing I can stress, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, Know your numbers.
Here is a list of other infographics that may affect your blood pressure