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High blood pressure is a condition that may seem harmless at first glance, but taking it seriously is an indicator of better health.
The heart acts like a pump that circulates blood inside the body. It receives and evacuates blood into your arteries. When your heart contracts, it pumps blood into your arteries. Normally, these vessels are able to absorb the pressure and control it because of their elasticity.
In people with high blood pressure, the arteries narrow and lose their elasticity. When the heart contracts, the pushed blood exerts more pressure inside the arteries, which increases the arterial blood pressure.
Blood pressure is measured by two numbers, the systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure, for example 120/80 mmHg. Systolic pressure (the first number, 120 mmHg in the example) measures blood pressure when the heart contracts and pumps blood into the blood vessels. Diastolic pressure (the second number, 80 mmHg in the example) measures the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart is at rest and not pumping blood.
The table below can help you interpret your blood pressure values. Generally, the higher the blood pressure, the greater the health risk. Ask your doctor to tell you what values you should aim for and how to interpret your results.
Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms. Occasionally the following symptoms may be experienced:
CAUTION, high blood pressure is a silent disease. The absence of symptoms does not mean that you are healthy or that your blood pressure is under control. Only taking your pressure can tell you how healthy you are.
Treatment of hypertension includes lifestyle changes and medication. Adopt good habits such as:
The CAUTION HYPERTENSION program is for blood pressure management. This program, exclusive to Jean Coutu, is for people with high blood pressure or any other person who has risk factors (such as people living with diabetes). Owing to an automated device capable of measuring blood pressure (available at the pharmacy), and to the CAUTION HYPERTENSION memory card, all blood pressure data are kept confidentially on the website. You can then access them at any time, or have a Jean Coutu affiliated pharmacist or your doctor access them.
Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about high blood pressure or the CAUTION HYPERTENSION program.
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