What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Watch the video and continue on reading to understand what high blood pressure is and how it impacts your heart.

What is considered high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force placed on the walls of your arteries with each beat of your heart – you might be familiar with a reading like 130/80 or “130 over 80”.

The first number, systolic blood pressure, is a measurement of the peak pressure your blood places on your arteries. The second number, diastolic blood pressure, is the lowest pressure between beats of your heart.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is generally considered to be anything above 140/90 mmHg.

If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 140/90 mmHg, you may be at risk of developing hypertension at some stage in the future. A blood pressure reading of over 180/120 mmHg is dangerously high. Doctors call this a hypertensive crisis, and it requires immediate treatment.

Most people aren't aware of having hypertension

Most people with high blood pressure remain blissfully unaware of it: 1 in 3 of us have hypertension and only half of those with it, know it.

In most cases, you can diagnose it simply using a home blood pressure monitor.

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