What is High Blood Pressure?


High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is considered high (hypertension) when your upper number (systolic blood pressure) is 140 mg Hg or higher and/or the lower number (diastolic blood pressure) is90 mm Hg or higher. Elevated results should be observed on three or more readings before deciding that blood pressure is too high.

How can I lower my blood pressure?

Researchers estimate that every decline of2 mm Hg in the upper (systolic) pressure, typically lowers the risk of heart disease by 5 percent and the risk of stroke by 8 percent.
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