Blood Pressure

CCHD offers Blood Pressure Readings at no charge on a walk-in basis.

  • Performed by a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:00-11:30 A.M. & 1:00-4:30 P.M.

What do the numbers mean?

  • The pressure of blood against artery walls.
  • The top number: pressure when the heart beats (systolic)
  • The bottom number: pressure when heart relaxes (called diastolic)
  • If it helps, imagine the blood vessels as pipes and blood as water flowing through the pipes.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) means that the pressure in your arteries is consistently in the high range. It can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. High blood pressure is represented by numbers greater than 140 for the top number or 90 for the bottom number.

What is normal blood pressure?

Less than 120 for the top number and less than 80 for the bottom number.

What is borderline high blood pressure?

120-139 for the top number or 80-89 for the bottom number.

What should I do if my blood pressure is:

Normal-Check your blood pressure every year

Borderline-Make lifestyle modifications and recheck within 3 months

High-Check with your doctor, recheck blood pressure frequently until goal blood pressure is reached and make lifestyle modifications

 

What can I do to control my high blood pressure?

Consult with your health care provider for his/her recommendations on what needs to be done to treat your high blood pressure.

Lifestyle Modifications to manage high blood pressure:

  • Even if you have had a prior stroke or heart attack, controlling high blood pressure can help prevent another one.
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight.
  • Reduce dietary sodium intake to no more than 2.4g per day.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products with a reduced content of saturated and total fat. (Link to Nutrition Section)
  • Enjoy regular physical activity (Link to Physical Activity Section).
  • Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day if you’re a man and one drink a day if you’re a woman. Check with your doctor regarding alcohol consumption.
  • Take medicine as prescribed by your health care provider.
  • Know what your blood pressure should be and try to keep it at that level.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association website.