Managing blood pressure at home

How to monitor your blood pressure at home

If you’re learning how to measure your blood pressure at home, we’ve got you covered. Proper blood pressure measurement and management can help improve your health. These resources can help you understand blood pressure, learn how to properly measure it, and discover what you can do to control and maintain it in a healthy range.

Left undetected or uncontrolled over time, high blood pressure can have serious health consequences, including worse outcomes in people with COVID-19. High blood pressure is also a major contributor to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction, and vision loss.

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Why knowing about HBP is important

 

Man relaxing at home with his tabletLeft undetected or uncontrolled over time, high blood pressure can have serious health consequences, including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction and vision loss. It can also lead to worse outcomes in people with COVID-19. The American Heart Association has resources for people in different stages of their blood pressure management journey:

  • Newly diagnosed. We’ve got resources that address the lack of information, apprehension or confusion that can follow a new high blood pressure diagnosis.
  • Living with uncontrolled blood pressure. Our resources address the frustration and helplessness you may feel with hard-to-manage blood pressure.
  • Caregivers and other supporters. These resources help caregivers, families and friends support you on your journey to control your blood pressure.

The facts
 

Doctor and Patient ConsultationExplore the resources below to learn the facts about how high blood pressure, the risk factors behind it and lifestyle changes, from exercise to diet and more, to help you manage your blood pressure:

What is high blood pressure? 

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls.

High blood pressure (HBP) means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.

Learn more about high blood pressure and how to understand your numbers. Also available in Spanish. 

What are the risk factors?

 

 Couple on sofa looking at a tabletWhat risk factors lead to high blood pressure?

Common hereditary and physical risk factors include:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Chronic kidney disease

Modifiable risk factors include:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Diet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking cessation

Read more on the modifiable HBP risk factors and what you can do to manage them.

What do these numbers mean?

Blood pressure is measured as two numbers, such as 112/78 mm Hg. The top (systolic) number is the pressure when the heart beats. The bottom (diastolic) number is the pressure when the heart rests between beats. Learn more about these numbers and your blood pressure category. View in Spanish and Chinese. 

How can I start lowering my numbers?

It’s not too late to take control of your health. Consulting with your doctor, lifestyle changes and medication can help you manage your blood pressure. Read about these steps.

Are you looking for more information?

 

Grandmother and granddaughter cookingAre you looking for more resources?

Check out these brief materials for more information.

Visit our high blood pressure resources for more tools and resources