An HBP patient shares his story and tips for getting BP under control.
lood pressure is an important part of everyone’s
health, because high blood pressure contributes
to many forms of cardiovascular diseases. It
benefits everyone to understand and monitor
their blood pressure.
Blood pressure (BP) measures the force of the blood
pushing outwards on the walls of your arteries. It rises with
each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between
beats. It can change from minute to minute with changes in
posture, activity, stress or sleep. It increases with age.
A BP reading consists of two numbers, for example:
120/80 mm Hg.
One number is always larger and refers to systolic BP, the
pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. The smaller
number refers to diastolic BP, the pressure in the arteries
when the heart rests between beats and refills with blood.
About one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure
(HBP). By 2030, it is expected that over 41 percent of U.S.
adults will have it. Normal BP for adults age 20 or over is no
higher than 120/80 mm Hg.
One blood pressure reading only tells you what your
blood pressure is at that moment. A record of readings
taken over time provides a “time-lapse” picture of your blood
pressure that you can show your doctor to ensure that your
treatments are lowering your BP. You can find an easy-to-use
BP tracker at our Check. Change. Control.® website.
Monitoring your BP at home is as easy as buying a BP
cuff, using it correctly and tracking the numbers. Here are
some tips for what to look for in a home blood pressure
See our handy Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions
infographic on the next page for more tips for getting your
most accurate blood pressure readings.
Understanding & Tracking
Your Blood Pressure