Five Simple Steps to Control Blood Pressure

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.

How to Take Your Blood Pressure at Home

  • Join Brian Cable, LPN, as he demonstrates how to take your blood pressure at home, and gives helpful tips to get accurate, consistent readings that you may then share with your healthcare provider. Printable Blood Pressure Log.

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