Here’s what you need to know about blood pressure
About one in every three Americans has high blood pressure. There are no symptoms and only just over half of the people with high blood pressure receive treatment.
Often called the “silent killer,” uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.
Blood pressure measures how hard your heart needs to work to push your blood through the veins and arteries. The top number is the pressure during a heartbeat, and the bottom number is the pressure between beats.
For quick reference you want the top number to be 119 or lower. Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure and all of your risk factors to be sure you are doing all you can to keep your heart healthy!
Eliz Greene works with busy women who want to improve their heart health so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.
She is the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart and 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness speaker. Find out about her women’s wellness programs, workplace wellness programs and programs for healthcare professionals at EmbraceYourHeart.com