Understanding your blood pressure is a key to taking control of your health and can help you avoid more serious health concerns.

And the only way to know how healthy your blood pressure is is to have your blood pressure checked.

Knowing what your blood pressure results mean is the key to controlling high blood pressure. With high blood pressure on the rise, more and more people want to know what is healthy blood pressure?

What Does Healthy Blood Pressure Mean?

According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered healthy and considered within the normal range.

If your blood pressure lands below this number, be sure you’re doing what it takes to maintain your levels of healthy blood pressure by getting regular exercise and by eating a balanced diet.

For those with a systolic blood pressure of 120-129 and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic, their blood pressure is considered elevated. If your blood pressure falls into this range, doctors may recommend you take some steps toward improving your blood pressure.

Recommendations include lifestyle changes and those in this range are at an elevated risk for developing hypertension unless they begin taking necessary steps to control their blood pressure.

Hitting Hypertension – Definite Need for Taking Action

With changes in the recommendations, there are now different stages of high blood pressure. A blood pressure of 130-139 systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic is in stage 1 of hypertension. At this level, it’s increasingly important to take action and do what it takes to reduce your blood pressure. Your doctor may recommend a prescription and will most likely encourage lifestyle changes.

Hypertension Stage 2 means a blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. At this stage, a doctor is going to recommend you begin taking a medication and they are likely going to recommend even stricter adherence to lifestyle changes.

If your blood pressure exceeds 180/120 mm Hg, be sure to take another reading. If your readings are still unusually high, be sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible.

For blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness and/or weakness, change in your vision or difficulty speaking seek emergency medical care.

Why It Is Important to Keep Your Blood Pressure as Healthy as Possible

Take a minute and consider how frustrating it can be when you’re out watering your flowers or lawn with the hose. Sometimes, your hose kinks and the water can’t pass through. When you unkink the hose, the pressure is far greater than you need.

A kinked hose is so frustrating that there are hoses now that won’t kink.

Now, consider what your heart goes through when your blood pressure is too high. It’s like the hose unkinked and the pressure is too high. What’s happening is causing the heart to work too hard. If your heart is working too hard, it is likely doing damage that you can’t seen and aren’t aware of until it is often too late.

High blood pressure can lead directly to heart disease, artery disease, a stroke, a heart attack, poor blood flow, and other serious health concerns. In fact, high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

Taking care of your blood pressure is a key to taking care of your heart, arteries, brain, and just about every aspect of your health.

Be sure you’re taking necessary steps to keep your blood pressure as healthy as possible.