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 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|
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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.
Visit a Blood Pressure Machine
Self-monitor your blood pressure by visiting a machine at a City worksite near you.
Attend a Worksite Screening
Attend an upcoming health screening to learn your numbers and focus on goals that matter to you.
Visit Your Doctor
Visit your physician for an annual check-up. Stay in the know and have yourself checked at your healthcare provider’s office.
Resources for Healthy Blood Pressure:
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