One in three adults has high blood pressure (hypertension). Since there are usually no symptoms many people who have it don’t know it. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get your blood pressure checked regularly.
According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is defined in an adult as 140/90 mm Hg or higher (a systolic blood pressure reading of 140 mm Hg or higher and/or a diastolic blood pressure reading of 90 mm Hg or higher).
A healthy blood pressure level can reduce your risk for many serious conditions like heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. There are many things you can do to lower your blood pressure or keep it at a healthy level.
Things you can do
Supporting a healthy lifestyle is the least expensive and simplest way to protect and maintain good heart health.
If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our pharmacists about your blood pressure, please call 800-287-9793 (select option #2, then press option #6).
Blood Pressure Myths
- My blood pressure is pretty good; being a few points over doesn't matter.
False: Even slight increases in blood pressure significantly increase the risk for stroke or heart attack.
- If I had high blood pressure, I would feel it.
False: Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms, so they don't know they have it. That's why it's important to have your blood pressure checked by your health care provider.
- High blood pressure can't be controlled.
False: High blood pressure is easily detected and usually controllable. Making healthy lifestyle changes and taking medication as prescribed can control it.
- Because my high blood pressure is under control, I can stop taking my medication(s).
False: High blood pressure is a lifelong condition. It's at a healthy level because you've been taking your medication and making healthy choices.