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Omron’s 90 Day Blood Pressure Challenge: Going for Zero

Monday, April 16th, 2018 | by

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer.” As you’ll hear in personal stories like this one, many people lead perfectly healthy, active lives, never realizing they are hypertensive—sometimes, until it’s too late. Monitoring your blood pressure is the first step in championing Omron’s #90toZero movement. Success to us means zero heart attacks and zero strokes. Join our team – we are all “Heroes for Zero.”

 

Taking the 90 Day Blood Pressure Challenge

The 90 Day Blood Pressure Challenge starts simply by committing to checking your blood pressure daily. Many people never even experience symptoms, so once they start checking their blood pressure, they are surprised to discover they are hypertensive. The good news is, positive lifestyle changes will impact your blood pressure. Here’s how to start:

  • Check your blood pressure daily
  • Record and track your numbers

Awareness is step one. You can take the Challenge further by:

 

Why blood pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to stroke and heart disease. The numbers for stroke in particular are alarming:

  • Almost 800,000 people have strokes every year
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
  • 80% of strokes are preventable

Hypertension crosses genders and ethnic groups indiscriminately, but targets women over 65 and African-Americans at higher rates, for reasons we don’t entirely understand.

 

Testing your own blood pressure

The health bloggers and influencers joining the 90 Day Blood Pressure Challenge are using the Evolv® home health monitor by Omron. Many pharmacy chains also offer blood pressure monitoring.

Blood Pressure
Category
Systolic mmHg
(top number)
 
Diastolic mmHg
(bottom number)

Normal
Less than 120
and
Less than 80

Elevated
120 to 129
and
Less than 80

High blood pressure
Hypertension stage 1
130 to 139
or
80 to 89

High blood pressure
Hypertension stage 2
140 or higher
or
90 or higher

Hypertensive emergency
See your doctor right away
higher than 180
and/
or
Higher than 120

*ACC/AHA 2017 High Blood Pressure Clinical Practice Guideline

 

Going for ZeroTM

Taking your blood pressure is one way to help stop the silent killer. And sharing your commitment moves us all closer to a world without heart attacks or strokes. Join us. Become one of the Heroes for Zero.

5 ways to maintain a healthy BP

  1. Eating a healthy diet
  2. Maintaining a healthy weight
  3. Getting enough physical activity
  4. Not smoking
  5. Limiting alcohol use

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention