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P1136 Women and Heart Disease

Chapter 1: Managing high blood pressure Your blood pressure isn’t just a reading at your healthcare provider’s office. It can predict your risk for heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Simply put, the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk for these and other deadly diseases. The blood pressure reading is written as two numbers, the systolic pressure (the first, or “top” number) and the diastolic pressure (the second, or “bottom” number). Systolic is the measure of pressure when your heart beats (contracts) and blood flow is strongest. Diastolic is the measure of the pressure in the arteries when the heart relaxes between beats. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, occurs when blood pushes too hard against artery walls as it travels through the arteries. This damages the lining of the blood vessels. If your blood pressure is 120/80 or higher, you’re at risk. High blood pressure raises your risk of heart attack and especially of stroke. If Your Blood Pressure Numbers Are: Then: Less than 120/80 Your range is normal Between You have 120-139/80-89 Prehypertension Between 140-179/90-109 You have Stage 1 Hypertension Greater than 180/110 You have Stage 2 Hypertension 12


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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