High blood pressure can be life-threatening, so it’s important to know your blood pressure reading, and what you can do to help keep things under control. Follow these 5 Simple Steps recommended by blood pressure experts from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Know your numbers.

  • Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure should stay below 140/90.

Make a plan with your provider.

  • Work with your healthcare provider to lower your blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors.

Make lifestyle changes.

  • These can include losing weight, eating healthier, reducing sodium, increasing activity, and quitting smoking.

Monitor blood pressure at home.

  • Make a habit of checking regularly, tracking readings, and sharing them with your healthcare provider.

Take medications as prescribed.

  • Take medications exactly the way your healthcare provider prescribes them.

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