High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. Hypertension is another term used to describe high blood pressure.
Blood pressure readings are given as two numbers; for example, 120 over 80 (written as 120/80 mmHg). The top number is called the systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is called the diastolic blood pressure. One or both of these numbers can be too high.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or above most of the time if you are under 65 years old and if your blood pressure is 150/90 mmHg or above most of the time if you are 65 years or older.
High blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or early death.
- What Causes High Blood Pressure
- Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
- Controlling High Blood Pressure
- When to Seek Help
- High Blood Pressure
- Controlling Your High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Pressure and Diet
- High Blood Pressure Medications
- Preventing Stroke
- Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions (PDF)
- Blood Pressure Log (PDF)
Last Physician Review - January 13, 2015