High Blood Pressure and Stroke Infographic

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High Blood Pressure and Stroke Infographic


High blood pressure increases risk of stroke.

American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association | Together to End Stroke®


  • Normal blood pressure is below 120/80.
  • People with high blood pressure have an increased risk of for having a stroke.
  • At age 50, ideal cardiovascular* health adds to life expectancy: 5.2 years for men and 6.3 years for women.
  • Up to 80% of strokes may be prevented.
  • Stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked or bursts. Blood and oxygen flow are interrupted, and brain cells begin to die.
  • More than 1 in 3 American adults with high blood pressure don’t know they have it.
  • Have your blood pressure checked and keep it in check by self-measuring at home and recording results to help reduce your risk of stroke.

*Ideal cardiovascular health takes into consideration the following factors: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index, as well as behavioral factors of smoking status, physical activity, sleep and diet.


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