Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested. A blood pressure test measures how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your body.
Blood pressure is measured with two numbers. The first number is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number is the pressure in your arteries while your heart is relaxed.
- Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80 (said “120 over 80”).
- High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause serious health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
Individuals can lower their blood pressure by making healthy lifestyle choices and taking medications prescribed by their doctor.
How We Care for You
Our dedicated clinical teams can help you take steps to lower your blood pressure so you can live a longer, healthier life. We will partner with you to develop a care plan that fits your needs. Our providers will:
- Work with you to create a healthy eating and exercise plan that’s right for you
- Prescribe blood pressure medicine, if needed
- Provide individualized support to help you meet your health goals
Contact NYC Health + Hospitals today to make an appointment and learn about how we can help you control your high blood pressure.
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NYC Health + Hospitals provides care for hypertension at all of our hospitals and neighborhood health centers. We have full wellness teams in every borough with extended hours that fit your busy schedule, dedicated to serving you and your family from the very first visit. Learn more about our extended hours.