Maintaining a normal blood pressure range can help you prevent high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, brain and kidney damage, vision loss, erectile dysfunction and even death.
Blood pressure is considered normal if it is 120/80 or slightly lower. The higher blood pressure is above 120/80, the greater the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease.
There are some things you can and can’t control for high blood pressure.1
Things you can control:
Things you can somewhat control:
Things you can’t control:
If you believe you have any of these risk factors, consult your doctor.
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1 “High blood pressure (hypertension),” Mayo Clinic, last accessed September 27, 2017, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/risk-factors/con-20019580.
2 “Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, last accessed September 27, 2017, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/atrisk.