You can have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and still feel just fine. That's because high blood pressure often does not cause signs of illness that you can see or feel. But, high blood pressure, sometimes called "the silent killer," is very common in older people and a major health problem.
What do your blood pressure numbers mean? The only way to know if you have high blood pressure HBP, or hypertension is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. This is why visiting your doctor to get your blood pressure checked is so important. High blood pressure rarely has any noticeable symptoms.
Your blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. However, if your blood pressure stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and lead to health problems. Chronic, or long-lasting, high blood pressure is also called hypertension. Measure your blood pressure regularly to help your health care team diagnose any health problems early.
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This blood pressure chart can help you figure out if your blood pressure is at a healthy level or if you'll need to take some steps to improve your numbers. Your total blood pressure reading is determined by measuring your systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Systolic blood pressure, the top number, measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it beats.
The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. This is called systolic pressure. The bottom number refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats.
This may sound like bad news, but the new guidelines highlight some important lessons we cardiologists and heart health researchers have learned from the latest blood pressure studies. Specifically, we have learned that damage from high blood pressure starts at much lower blood pressures than previously thought and that it is more important than ever to start paying attention to your blood pressure before it starts causing problems. High blood pressure accounts for more heart disease and stroke deaths than all other preventable causes, except smoking.
Mild elevations in blood pressure considered to be in the upper range of normal during young adulthood can lead to subclinical heart damage by middle age — a condition that sets the stage for full-blown heart failureaccording to findings of a federally funded study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins. A report on the findings of the multicenter study that followed 2, men and women over a period of 25 years is published online June 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Hypertension has been long implicated as a risk factor in a range of cardiovascular diseases.