Blood Pressure



Blood pressure is measured by two numbers. The first, or top number, is known as systolic blood pressure. It is the pressure when the heart squeezes to pump blood to the rest of the body. The second, or bottom number, is know as diastolic blood pressure. It occurs when the heart relaxes.

Your goal for blood pressure is less than 120 and less than 80. If you have diabetes or kidney problems, your nurse or doctor may have a different goal for you. Always contact your nurse or doctor if your systolic—top—pressure is above 180 or your diastolic—bottom—pressure is above 110.

CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE NUMBERS AT HOME

Checking your blood pressure at home will help Your nurse or doctor or nurse know if your numbers are normal or high. Ask your doctor or nurse to help you find the correct size home blood pressure monitor. Do not use finger or wrist monitors.

HOW TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

  • Aim for 30-60 minutes of activity each day
  • Reach a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet and eat less salt (sodium) 
You have the power to make changes to improve your health.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR MEDICINES

  • Most people with high blood pressure need at least two medicines to lower their blood pressure to a healthy level.
  • Your doctor or nurse may need to change your medicines to find what works best for you. This is normal.
  • If you don't feel well after taking a medicine, call your doctor or nurse. 
  • Don't stop taking your medicine until you talk with your doctor or nurse.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT INFORMATION ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE

Blood Pressure Booklet



Learn more about exercise, healthy weight and blood pressure by downloading and printing an information booklet.

 

Disclaimer: While PCNA strives to provide reliable, up-to-date health information, this and other PCNA education materials are for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your healthcare provider can diagnose and treat a medical problem.