Do you have high blood pressure? There’s a reasonable chance you do.
One in three American adults, about 75 million of us, have high blood pressure. That number is equal to the combined populations of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and even California!
So, what do we know about high blood pressure, also called hypertension? Answer these quiz questions then check the answers to find out how much you know!
1. True or False: Blood pressure is the force your blood applies to the walls of your arteries as it’s pumped through your body. Blood pressure that’s too high is a serious health problem. It can lead to problems such as heart disease, stroke of kidney failure.
2. For most people, a lower blood pressure is better. However, if your blood pressure is too low, that can also be a problem. If your blood pressure is too low, you should see your health care provider. Which is a healthy blood pressure?
A. 130/91 B. 180/110 C. 119/79 D. 140/80
3. True or False: Prescription medication is the only way to prevent high blood pressure.
4. True or False: You’re only at risk for high blood pressure if your mom or dad has high blood pressure.
5. True or False: High blood pressure has distinctive symptoms. If you feel fine, you don’t need to worry about it.
1. True. Blood pressure is the force your blood applies to the walls of your arteries as it’s pumped through your body.
2. C. 119/79 or lower is a healthy blood pressure. 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure.
A number between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number is considered prehypertension. That’s an indication high blood pressure may develop. The good news is, you can take steps to prevent it.
3. False. You can take a number of steps to prevent high blood pressure before medicines to control it may be recommended by your health care provider.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your health care provider may prescribe a medicine to control it. Carefully follow your provider’s instructions for how to take the medication. Don’t skip it just because you feel fine.
To prevent high blood pressure or to help control high blood pressure that has been diagnosed, the National Institutes of Health recommends you:
4. False. Although having a parent with high blood pressure is one risk factor, it’s not the only one. The reality is, anyone can be at risk for high blood pressure. You increase your risk if you:
5. False. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the silent killer. That’s because it typically displays no symptoms.
People are often diagnosed with high blood pressure because of complications of the disease that affect other organs, such as the heart, brain or kidneys.
To find out if you have high blood pressure, have your blood pressure checked by your health care provider. Since your blood pressure naturally goes up and down, it’s best to check it periodically.
If your blood pressure is normal, it’s a good idea to recheck it during your annual checkup every year.
If your numbers are high, your provider may do checks over multiple days to verify that the high numbers weren’t simply a one-time spike. If you have high blood pressure, follow your provider’s recommendations for treatment or preventive measures and when to have follow-up checks.
If you were right on five question, well done! You have the knowledge to take good care of yourself! We hope you’re turning that knowledge into action!
If you had four correct, good for you! We hope you learned something helpful. We recommend you take action on ways you can maintain good health.
If you were right on three or fewer, we hope the quiz has helped you grow your understanding of blood pressure and how it affects your health. We encourage you to take steps to ensure the silent killer doesn’t target you.
Our key recommendation is for you to know your blood pressure numbers. Knowing and taking steps to stay healthy can help save your life!
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