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Manage Your Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

Why It's Important 

Hypertension is known as the silent killer because there are often no outward symptoms or warning signs. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have yourself tested regularly. If you do have high blood pressure, it’s important to speak with your physician. To maintain a healthy normal blood pressure, make sure to practice healthy habits every day, and also appreciate that they are often the best part of your day

What's a Healthy Blood Pressure?

Knowing your blood pressure is a key indicator of your cardiovascular health. If left unchecked, high blood pressure – or hypertension – can harm your quality of life and put you at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, or other potentially life-threatening illnesses.  Refer to the blood pressure chart below to determine your blood pressure category. The optimal range for your blood pressure is 120/80 or less. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, speak with your doctor or health care provider about what your target blood pressure should be. 

Blood Pressure Guide
Blood Pressure Category


mm Hg (upper #)


mm Hg (lower #)

Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Elevated 120 to 129 and less than 80
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 130 to 139 or 80 to 89
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 140 or higher

or 90 or higher

Hypertensive Crisis (Consult your doctor immediately)

Higher than 180 and/or Higher than 120


Did You Know?

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. However, only 50% of people with hypertension have it under control.
SFHSS, in partnership with our City departments, offers a variety of well-being events and activities around the City that are offered at no cost. Registration may be required: click on the event title to learn more and register if necessary. Note that some events are ‘closed’ which means only employees with access to that work location are able to attend.
  • Blood Pressure Machine
  • BMI Machine
*Closed location, inaccessible to non-department employees


How Do I Measure It?

The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it measured. If you know you have high blood pressure, regular self-monitoring is recommended, so you may want to consider purchasing a home monitor. 



Resources for Healthy Blood Pressure:

Healthy Weight Program

Your weight is more than just a number on a scale.  This 7-week program will help you learn how to reach your healthy weight goals.  Learn more about the program. 

Daily Challenge

The Daily Challenge has 45 different tracks to help you establish healthy habits.  Choose the track that will help you develop healthy eating habits that you can keep!  Find the track that’s right for you.

Stress Management

Learn to activate your natural relaxation response, so you can reduce stress hormones, slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, and release muscle tension. Increase your energy, focus, and productivity. 

Find additional resources from your health plan: 

Click on your health plan below to find the resources for you. 

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