Yes. If left uncontrolled high blood pressure can be dangerous and can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.

When veins become narrow or constricted, the force of blood against artery walls becomes what is known as high blood pressure (also called hypertension). Oftentimes, those who suffer with the condition can live symptom-free for years. That does not mean, however, that the heart and arteries are spared the damage of high blood pressure.

What range should your blood pressure be in?


Systolic Number: Less than 120

Diastolic Number: Less than 80


Systolic number: 120-139

Diastolic Number: 80-89

Stage 1 Hypertension

Systolic Number: 140-159

Diastolic Number: 90-99

Stage 2 Hypertension

Systolic Number: 160 or greater

Diastolic Number: 100 or greater

Luckily, high blood pressure is easy to diagnose; your doctor can administer a blood pressure reading at your annual check up. Generally, high blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and in some cases, medication.

For more information on high-blood pressure, schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital physician today by calling HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.