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  1. Blood Pressure 101 Taking Control of the Silent Killer Melanie Hurley

  2. Blood Pressure Definition • Force of blood on vein walls • Pressure units: milligrams of mercury (mgHg) • Defined by two numbers • Systolic: Pressure during beats • Diastolic: Pressure between beats • Read as the systolic over diastolic level • Example: 125 over 74

  3. Adult Blood Pressure Categories • Normal • Systolic < 120 • Diastolic < 80 • Prehypertension • Systolic < 120 – 139 • Diastolic < 80 – 89 • Hypertension • Systolic > 140 • Diastolic > 90

  4. Detection • No Symptoms • Person must be tested • Sphygmomanometer and stethoscope used

  5. Hypertension Prevention Tips • Eat Healthy • Fruits, vegetables • Low fat diet • Maintain weight • Exercise regularly = + Healthy!!

  6. References • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov • American Heart Association www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml