The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have separated blood pressure into four categories based on measurement:
Elevated blood pressure is considered to be a category that is higher than ideal, but not a condition like high blood pressure. However, elevated blood pressure can lead to hypertension if it is not managed.
Elevated blood pressure does not present any symptoms, which is why it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly. Your blood pressure should be checked at doctor’s appointments, and you can purchase blood pressure monitoring devices that allow you to check it yourself at home.
If lifestyle changes and the above prevention methods don’t help in lowering your blood pressure, your doctor may recommend some form of medication to treat the condition. The type of medicine prescribed depends on your overall health.
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