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Keeping a healthy blood pressure level

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How does a healthy blood pressure level help prevent a stroke? 

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. High blood pressure is the biggest factor for causing a stroke. The good news is that blood pressure can be controlled. 

Video credit: Heart Foundation NZ

 

What is a healthy blood pressure level? 

Have your healthcare team check your blood pressure at every appointment.  They can work with you to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.   

Your blood pressure includes 2 measurements.  Aim for: 

Systolic is the top number. This is the pressure in your blood vessels as blood is pumped from your heart. 

120


Diastolic is the bottom number. This is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart is at rest between beats. 

80

 

You may not be able to feel when your blood pressure is high. It is important to always take your blood pressure medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

How do I measure my blood pressure?

Download a blood pressure tracking chart here.

Measure your blood pressure:

  • 2 times in the morning
  • 2 times at night

If your doctor gives you different instructions, follow those instead.

Tips for getting the right blood pressure results:

  • Do not talk
  • Do not smoke or drink coffee 30 minutes before

 

How do I keep a healthy blood pressure level?

Following these steps are recommended:

 

Where to learn more about this topic:

Heart and Stroke Foundation
Blood pressure

Toronto Central Healthline
Preventing another stroke

Self Help 4 Stroke
Medications