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High Blood Pressure

June 06, 2022

Many people who have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, don’t know it. According to guidelines from the American Heart Association, a blood pressure of 130/80 or more is considered high.

It’s a good idea to check your blood pressure regularly, and discuss your results with your provider. If you know it’s high, you can lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease and stroke.

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If you are at risk for developing high blood pressure, or have already been diagnosed, here are some tips for preventing or managing high blood pressure: 

  • Monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • Eat a well-balanced diet low in salt
  • Stop tobacco use and limit alcohol
  • Enjoy regular physical activity
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Take your medications properly

While heart disease is still the No. 1 killer in the United States and around the world, death rates have decreased significantly. Earlier and better treatment of high blood pressure has played a key role in that decrease.

For more information on high blood pressure, please contact your provider and visit the American Heart Association website.

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