What's Going Around | High Blood Pressure

bowl of fruit in the shape of a heart
Choose the health content that's right for you, and get it delivered right in your inbox

February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.

So what is blood pressure? It's is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure is measured using two numbers:  

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

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it. Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to know whether you have high blood pressure.

4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health

  • Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week (about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week).
  • Don't smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet, including low amounts of sodium (salt) and alcohol.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Manage stress.

Recent Blogs

a photo of karen and jim Ingalls
Blog
Volunteers of the Month | Karen & Jim Ingalls
A woman drinking indoors while looking through the window
Blog
How Does Caffeine Affect Your Heart?
Blog
Prostate Cancer Screenings: Catching it Early Can Save Your Life
A woman about to get ready for a test
Blog
10 Different Types of Blood Tests
Blog
5 Things You Didn’t Know Physical Therapy Could Treat
View More Articles