Are Your Numbers Correct?
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What Do The Numbers Mean?
This chart is for general population home monitoring
|Blood Pressure Category||Systolic 1st/top #||Diastolic 2nd/bottom #|
|*Low||↓ 100||or||↓ 60|
|*Severe Hypertension||↑ 180||or||↑ 110|
|*Very Severe Hypertension||↑ 200||or||↑ 120|
*Call your Provider
My Blood Pressure Is Above Normal
It is important to get more than one blood pressure measurement to find out what your average blood pressure is. You should take 2 measurements, one minute apart, in the morning and in the evening for 5-7 days and record these measurements in a blood pressure log. If your average is above normal, you need to talk with your doctor and share your blood pressure records. Your doctor will discuss needed lifestyle changes to help you lower your blood pressure and, when appropriate, will prescribe medication.
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How do I work with my doctor?
Many clinics will take your blood pressure without an appointment or co-pay. Contact your doctor's office today to see if they accept walk-in blood pressure checks. Keep a health resume and communicate with your doctor. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask that your blood pressure be taken following the correct steps.
Other places you can check your pressure
There are several kiosks where you can stop by to take your blood pressure, but not all are created equal. PharmaSmart kiosks are checked for accuracy and are a partner with the Million Hearts Initiative.
Heart360® is an easy-to-use tool which helps you understand and track the factors that affect your heart health - including blood pressure, physical activity, cholesterol, glucose, weight and medications.
Visit livingwell.utah.gov for free or low cost classes that will teach you to manage your chronic conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, and prediabetes.