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Help Your Heart! Control Your High Blood Pressure
Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Three - Help Your Heart! Control Your High Blood Pressure
Did you know that controlling your blood pressure can lower your chances of a heart attack or stroke? This section will show you how to prevent or control high blood pressure.
Will Learns Important Facts About Blood Pressure
Will: "When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, the doctor told me that I had to change my habits now if I wanted to be around to enjoy my family. By making small changes, I will start to feel better."
What Is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure is needed to move the blood through your body so that blood can get to all parts of the body's organs.
Why Is High Blood Pressure Dangerous?
High blood pressure—also called hypertension—puts you at risk for heart disease. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder. High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because it has no symptoms. If not treated, high blood pressure increases your chances of:
Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers
The chart below shows normal, prehypertension, and high blood pressure numbers. Look at the chart below to see where you fit in.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES