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February - Heart Health - English

Did you know blood pressure checks are a Medi-Cal benefit?

San Francisco Health Plan encourages you to get your blood pressure checked regularly to help you and your doctor know if you are at risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Diagnosis

You can find out if you have hypertension by having your blood pressure checked regularly. Once you have it, it can often last a lifetime.

If your reading is between 120/80 and 139/89 mmHg, you could have pre-hypertension. This means that you don’t have high blood pressure now, but may develop it in the future.

Some people have higher blood pressure in a provider’s office than they do the rest of the time. You can find out if this is true for you by having your blood pressure read in a pharmacy, or by using a home blood pressure cuff. You should write down the results and share them with your provider.

Sources:

SFHP.org, Fact Sheets – Blood Pressure (English)
nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/highbloodpressure.html

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