About one third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
High blood pressure puts one at risk for stroke and heart disease. A Family Health Profile can help securely maintain health information, including blood pressure history, in one location in the event of a medical emergency.
Managing Blood Pressure
There are two numbers that make up blood pressure readings: systolic and diastolic. These units are represented in millimeters of mercury and read like S/D mmHg. Having 120/80 mmHg or lower is considered to be healthy.
For high blood pressure, numbers matter. Having a systolic reading between 120-139 and diastolic reading between 80-89 indicates pre-hypertension. A systolic reading over 140 and diastolic over 90 indicates hypertension.
Medication is sometimes necessary to manage high blood pressure. Other ways to remedy high blood pressure include:
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing sodium intake
- Maintaining a healthy weight
If you are concerned about your blood pressure, please consult a health care professional for a complete review of your history and symptoms.
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Blood pressure and blood pressure medications are both important to know in an emergency. An emergency can make it difficult to think clearly, so having information stored in a convenient, secure health profile can make things easier.
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