The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it regularly monitored. It is recommended that adults aged 18 and over should be screened for high blood pressure at least every two years.
High blood pressure (or hypertension) is defined as:
- “top number” (systolic blood pressure) of 140 or higher
- “bottom number” (diastolic blood pressure) of 90 or higher.
In order to be diagnosed with hypertension, two or more elevated readings are required on two separate visits.
High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer,” as it is the #1 risk factor for having a stroke. It is also considered a risk factor for heart attacks. Getting your blood pressure measured is painless and can prevent many serious health problems!
During your visits at the SRFC, ask your student provider about helpful therapies such as reduction of dietary salt intake, increased physical activity, weight loss, stress reduction, and reduction of alcohol intake.
Please contact us to make an appointment.