NATIONAL BLOOD EDUCATION PRESSURE MONTH
National Blood Pressure Month in May provides awareness regarding hypertension.
Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure. Symptoms of hypertension often go unnoticed and if left uncontrolled the risk of heart problems such as stroke or heart attack increase.
It’s important to know your numbers. When blood pressure is measured, the upper number (systolic pressure) measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The lower number (diastolic pressure) measures the pressure between heartbeats. For most people, a normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.
HOW TO OBSERVE
During May, have your blood pressure checked. You can either schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or visit a local pharmacy that does blood pressure readings. If your blood pressure is elevated, it may be time for a physical. Some medications increase blood pressure. Lifestyle can be a factor, too.
Learn more by visiting the National Institute of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and it is recognized by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.