Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

High blood pressure (sometimes called hypertension) is very common and doesn’t always have obvious symptoms. 

Knowing you have high blood pressure and making small lifestyle changes can help prevent life-threatening complications like heart attack and stroke. This is why regular blood pressure testing for anyone age 40 and over is so important. 

When you have your blood pressure measured, the reading is written as two numbers:

  • The first number is called systolic and measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. 
  • The second number is called diastolic and measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.

A normal blood pressure reading would be 120/80 or lower.45,000

Monitoring high blood pressure

Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it's pumped around your body.

Reducing the risk of heart attack

There are small lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. A small change now could mean a big difference in your health later on.

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