Have you had your blood pressure tested lately?
High blood pressure affects one in three Americans. Even still, many people with the condition don’t know they have it.
The previous standard was 140/90. But, recent guidelines redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to with your doctor to reduce it.
The CDC gives us 5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure:
- High blood pressure may be linked to dementia.
- Young people can have high blood pressure, too.
- High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.
- Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it.
- Women and minorities face unique risks when it comes to high blood pressure.
Here are some tips to help you if you struggle with high blood pressure:
Eat a healthy diet.
Cut out excess sodium.
CDC supports several public health efforts that address high blood pressure, including:
- Million Hearts®. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts® has a goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes.
- WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation). The WISEWOMAN program provides services to prevent heart disease and stroke.
- Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP). A diet too high in sodium is associated with higher blood pressure. SRCP aims to increase access to lower sodium food options.