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The ideal resting blood pressure for adults is 120/80.
If you ordinarily don't have any other medical issues, then your blood pressure ideally should be checked at least once a year or every time you see your primary care doctor.
If you have a history of high blood pressure or medical issues, check twice daily. Take your first measurement in the morning before eating or taking any medications. Take your second measurement in the evening. Each time you check, it is recommended to take two or three readings to make sure the results are accurate. Your doctor might recommend taking your blood pressure at the same time each day.
Eat a heart-healthy diet with less salt, get regular exercise, and stay at a healthy weight. Also, find ways to manage your stress and quit using alcohol and/or tobacco.
The most common are age, race, and having chronic kidney disease (CKD). You can’t control these factors. But you can act to change other risk factors, including lack of exercise, eating an unhealthy diet that is high in sodium, being overweight, drinking alcohol, and using tobacco.
Here are some questions you can ask your doctor about blood pressure:
- What do my blood pressure numbers mean?
- How can high blood pressure affect my health?
- Are there any lifestyle changes that will help me control my blood pressure?
- Should I use a home blood pressure monitor?