The medical providers and staff of Texas Heart and Vascular are ready and willing to assist you with questions about your care, so please contact us at (512) 623-5300 so we can determine how best to provide you the information you need.

You may also find it helpful to use our online patient education library. Use the links below to find definitions and descriptions of terms, procedures, diagnoses, tests, and other information intended to answer some basic questions you may have. We hope you find the library informative and please don’t hesitate to ask us for more information as you need it.

Our Patient Education Health Library

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Know Your Numbers!

New ACC/AHA high blood pressure guidelines are:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg;
  • Elevated: Systolic between 120-129 and diastolic less than 80;
  • High (also called Hypertension):
    • Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89;
    • Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg;

Systolic (mm Hg): top number - the pressure or force in the arteries when the heart beats
Diastolic (mm Hg): bottom number - the pressure measured between heartbeats

Livestyle Changes that Lower Blood Pressure

  • Move more
  • Don't smoke
  • De-stress
  • Focus on Nutrition
  • Cut Salt
  • Limit Alcohol
  • Lose Weight


Over time elevated or high blood pressure weakens your heart, blood vessels and kidneys, and makes a stroke or heart attack much more likely.

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