You probably know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. And you may know that having high blood pressure puts you at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. But do you know your blood pressure? And if it’s high, is it under control?

One in three adults have high blood pressure, causing approximately 1,000 deaths a day. And out of the 67 million adults with high blood pressure, only half have the condition under control.

An additional one in three adults have prehypertension, and many of them don’t know it.

Check out the infographic below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And then take action. There are plenty of steps you can take now to bring your numbers down, from getting more exercise to consuming less sodium to adding more fruits, vegetables, potassium and whole grains to your diet. Research shows altering your diet can lower your blood pressure in just 14 days.

Of course, it’s also imperative to stop smoking.

If these lifestyle changes can’t bring your blood pressure into a safe range, don’t give up on them. You may need to go on medication, but it’s possible you’ll need less — and your heart and the rest of your body will still benefit from your efforts. 

A Snapshot: Blood Pressure in the U.S. Make Control Your Goal. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death for all Americans. High Blood Pressure Basics. 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure contributes to ~1,000 deaths/day. When your blood pressure is high, you are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke, and you are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease. 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. Annual estimated costs associated with high blood pressure: $51 billion, including $47.5 billion in direct medical expenses. Blood Pressure Control. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Reducing average population systolic blood pressure by only 12–13 mmHg could reduce stroke by 37%, coronary heart disease by 21%, deaths from cardiovascular disease by 25%, and deaths from all causes by 13%. Make Control Your Goal, Every Day. Check your blood pressure regularly—at home, at a doctor’s office, or at a pharmacy. Eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, potassium, and whole grains and less sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol . Read nutrition labels and lower your sodium intake. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. About 90% of Americans eat too much sodium. Quit smoking—or don’t start. 1-800-QUIT-NOW or Smokefree.gov. Adults should limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Get active and maintain a healthy weight. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. This infographic was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in support of achieving the Million Hearts® initiative goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.