Health & Wellness

Hypertension

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when your blood pressure consistently stays too high for too long. It is often called the ‘silent killer’ because usually there are no signs or symptoms until other serious problems arise; in some cases, a heart attack.  You may not know that you have hypertension. However, high blood pressure is easily detectable and can be controlled.

What do blood pressure numbers mean?

Blood pressure is often written as two numbers.  The top (systolic) number represents the pressure while the heart is beating. The bottom (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats.  High blood pressure for adults is defined as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher, or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher.  Normal blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure below 120 and a diastolic blood pressure below 80.

What should I do to prevent or control my high blood pressure?

  • Exercise regularly-30 minutes a day will help to reduce your blood pressure
  • Quit smoking, if you smoke
  • Cut down on foods that contain a lot of salt and fat
  • Lose weight, if you are overweight
  • Take your medication as ordered even when you don’t feel sick
  • See your doctor regularly



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If you would like to speak with a nurse regarding more information about Hypertension, please call Total Health Care at 1-800-826-2862 ext. 6441 or enroll in our free Hypertension Disease Management Program online.