Is My Blood Pressure in the Safe Range?

In 2017, the American Heart Association updated the guidelines for detecting, preventing and treating high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is now defined as 120/80 mmHG or lower. Here is where other numbers fall on the blood pressure scale.

Blood pressure gauge numbers

What can I do to bring down my numbers?

Every time you see your doctor, have your blood pressure checked and ask if it’s normal. If it’s high, your doctor will check it more often and may prescribe medication. If hypertension is diagnosed early enough, he or she may recommend only lifestyle changes to bring it within a healthier range. Some steps include:

  • Not smoking
  • Eating a diet that is low in fat and salt
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol intake to one drink a day for women or two drinks for men
  • Increasing physical activity to about 30 minutes most days each week
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