Follow these steps to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and other numbers associated with heart health.
Your heart is central to staying healthy well into old age. The stronger it is and the better it beats, the better you’ll feel as you get older. Learn how you can keep your heart healthy in the years to come by knowing your numbers and following a few simple steps.
Blood Pressure by the Numbers
High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than it should. The longer this goes on, the more damage this high pressure does to your heart. Eventually, the heart can fail, taking your health with it. Unfortunately, symptoms of high blood pressure often don’t show up until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked at least once a year. For most people, the higher number, called the systolic blood pressure, should be below 140. The lower number, called the diastolic pressure, should be below 90.