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Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million American adults have high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is the first and third leading causes of death in the United States, and is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because the warning signs and symptoms are very limited.

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the inside walls of your arteries. It is recorded by systolic pressure, which is the pressure when blood is pumped out of the heart and into your arteries, and diastolic pressure, which is the pressure when your heart is resting. Normal blood pressure is classified with a number of less than 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic).

Unsure of your current blood pressure? Take charge of your health and have a wellness visit every year. Call for an appointment at one of our clinics.