(High Blood Pressure)

Blood pressure is the amount of force it takes for your heart to pump blood through your body. When your blood pressure is high, it can lead to other health problems.

Here are some tips to manage your blood pressure:

Learn about healthy blood pressure

  • Have your blood pressure checked as prescribed by your physician.
    • You should maintain your blood pressure at less than 140/90.
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried beans, whole grains and foods low in salt.
  • Get moving! Being physically active can help keep your blood pressure in the target range.

Take your medicines the way your doctor orders

Do not stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor. Most heart and blood pressure medicines must be taken for life. When you run out of refills, call your doctor for another prescription.

Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke

Do not smoke. If you need help to quit smoking or using tobacco, call the toll-free Quitline at 1-800-784-8669 or 1-800-QUIT-NOW. If someone in your family smokes, ask them to smoke outside.

Learn more tips for managing High Blood Pressure with this American Heart Association document.

Hypertension – American Heart Association