What Are Normal Blood Pressure Readings?

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Establishing a healthy lifestyle involves many positive things, such as getting plenty of exercise, getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet filled with nutritious foods. It also means visiting your doctor for an annual checkup and self-monitoring essential functions like blood pressure on a regular basis.

High blood pressure, clinically known as hypertension, is a potentially dangerous condition that can develop in people of any age for a variety of reasons. In many cases, people miss the signs of high blood pressure or associate them with other issues and don’t even realize they have a problem, which is why hypertension is often called “the silent killer.” The best line of defense against a sneak attack is to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis, but it won’t do any good if you don’t understand the numbers. Here’s what you need to know about blood pressure readings.