What Is a Good Blood Pressure Rate?
by Alexandra Haller
High blood pressure is referred to as "the silent killer" since it has no noticeable symptoms. When you know why your blood pressure numbers matter, you can take steps to ensure you lead a healthy lifestyle that decreases your risk of hypertension.
Blood pressure is the measure of the pressure in your arteries. It is recorded as the systolic (top) number, determined when the heart muscle contracts, over the diastolic number, which represents the pressure between heartbeats.
It's important to regularly test your blood pressure because it's not something you can see or feel. If left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart failure and kidney damage, according to the American Heart Association.
A healthy blood pressure reading is a systolic number of 120 or less with a diastolic number of 80 or less. As the numbers incrementally increase over 120 or 80, you display symptoms of prehypertension and, eventually, full-blown hypertension.
Even with a family history of hypertension, your blood pressure rate is not out of your hands. Healthy eating, exercise, a proper weight and not smoking can all positively impact your blood pressure rate.
Monitor your diet to include adequate amounts of vitamin D and potassium, as well as minimal amounts of sodium. Strive for at least a half hour a day of invigorating exercise and only drink alcohol in moderation, generally no more than two glasses per day for men and one for women.