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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is also known as the "Silent Killer"
Studies show that an estimated 1 in 4 adults suffer from hypertension. Managing and monitoring hypertension can help minimize the risk of its many complications such as heart failure, heart disease and stroke.
What is Blood Pressure?
High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet
Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of your body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats (about 60-70 times a minute at rest), it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure.
Blood pressure is always given as these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are important. Usually they are written one above or before the other, such as 120/80 mmHg. The top number is the systolic and the bottom the diastolic. When the two measurements are written down, the systolic pressure is the first or top number, and the diastolic pressure is the second or bottom number (for example, 120/80). If your blood pressure is 120/80, you say that it is "120 over 80."
Blood pressure changes during the day. It is lowest as you sleep and rises when you get up. It also can rise when you are excited, nervous, or active.
Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. That level should be lower than 120/80. When the level stays high, 140/90 or higher, you have may high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater.
Our printable blood pressure trackers (BELOW) show you how to take your blood pressure using a home monitoring device and gives you two options for keeping a record: on a full size chart or a handy wallet chart that you can carry with you to medical appointments, health fairs, a store's blood pressure machine or to the City of La Porte EMS Headquarter.
The City of La Porte EMS provides FREE blood pressure checks at it's headquarters located at 10428 Spencer, La Porte, Texas.
Blood Pressure Tracker - Printable (Full Page Version)
Blood Pressure Tracker - Printable (Wallet Size Version)