According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. This common condition increases the risk for heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the United States.* Remember, high blood pressure is called the “silent killer,” as it usually has no symptoms.
So it’s important to have your blood pressure checked frequently, especially by your doctor and Know Your Numbers.
Your blood pressure consists of two numbers, systolic and diastolic.
The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping
The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood.
If your reading is 120 (systolic) "over" 80 (diastolic) or higher you could be at risk for high blood pressure.
Blood Pressure Reading Levels*
Category Systolic Blood Pressure Diastolic Blood Pressure
Normal Blood Pressure Less than 120 and Less than 80
Prehypertension (at risk) 120-139 and 80-89
Hypertension 140 or higher and 90 or higher
(high blood pressure)
Good news! You can help manage your blood pressure by taking an active role in your health.
Did you know that, no matter what your age, by making changes to your lifestyle - such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, not smoking, and limiting alcohol intake - can help lower your blood pressure? But sometimes lifestyle changes are not enough. Your doctor may recommend medication to lower your blood pressure. It is very important to take your high blood pressure medication as prescribed by your doctor.
For more information on high blood pressure, visit myCigna.com, click on the My Health tab, and then search under Health Encyclopedia.
With most plans, pressure checks are covered at 100% at your annual wellness visit when received from an in-network doctor.** If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, certain medications or treatment may be covered under your Cigna medical benefit, subject to your plan deductible, copay and/or coinsurance requirements. Contact Cigna customer service at the toll-free number on the back of your ID card or visit myCigna.com to learn more about your benefit plan coverage.
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “High Blood Pressure,” http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/. Last updated 9/13/2016.
** Not all preventive services are covered and plans may vary. Please see your plan documents for preventive care coverage details.
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