What is Cardiovascular Health?
Cardiovascular health relates to the overall health or condition of your heart and blood vessels. Good cardiovascular health begins with learning about the factors that put you at risk for developing a preventable heart disease and doing something about the risks you can modify.
What is High Blood Pressure (HBP)?
High blood pressure is also known as HBP or hypertension puts a strain on your blood vessels and your heart. When HBP goes untreated over a long period of time it is dangerous to your health because it can stretch the walls of your arteries beyond its healthy limit causing serious damage to internal organs and possible death from a heart attack, stroke, heart or kidney failure.
That’s why it’s so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and to know your numbers! Ideal levels is a systolic pressure (top number) should be 120 or less and a diastolic reading (bottom number) should be 80 or less.
Blood Pressure Measures
|Diagnosis||Systolic Pressure||Diastolic Pressure|
|Normal||Less than 120||And||Less than 80|
|Pre-hypertension||Between 120-139||OR||Between 80-89|
|Hypertension||140 and above||OR||90 and above|