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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Maryland.
High blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart
disease, affects more than one-third of Maryland adults.
Heart disease is known as a "silent killer" because there are often no signs to alert you. That's why it is important to get your blood pressure checked often.
Your healthcare provider will use a device to measure your blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force that your blood exerts against your arteries and is measured using two numbers. The first is your systolic number (when your heart contracts) and the second is your diastolic number (when your heart relaxes.) Blood pressure measurements are written with one number over another.
For example: 118 Systolic/78 Diastolic
Knowing your numbers is important for understanding your blood pressure. A healthy blood pressure is less than 120 and less than 80. A blood pressure that is (120-129 and less than 80) or higher is considered elevated and needs the attention of a physician.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease! By getting your blood pressure checked often and knowing your numbers, you can monitor your blood pressure. If it’s elevated – take action to reduce your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) updated the hypertension guidelines. Visit the AHA
to learn what these new guidelines mean for you and your health.
althy Habits for Lowering Blood Pressure
Good oral health is important for good overall health. Keeping the body healthy means not only taking care of your body, but also taking care of your mouth and teeth.
Maryland Office of Oral Health
Maryland Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Maryland Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT NOW
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Dental Association
American Heart Association
Maryland Dental Action Coalition
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464
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