Hypertension is known as the silent, but deadly killer. Here’s what you need to know.
THE STORY: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common disease that affects many adults in the U.S. each year. The higher your blood pressure is, the more at risk for issues such as heart disease and stroke you are. You’re probably used to getting your blood pressure tested each time you visit the doctor, but do you know what the numbers actually mean?
The top number is the pressure in your arteries each time your heart beats. The bottom number is the pressure between beats. Different doctors may diagnose hypertension at different numbers, but, ideally, you want the top number to be 120 or under and the bottom number to be 80 or under.