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Blood Pressure values/Blood Pressure/BP

BP-Blood Pressure Levels

Blood Pressure Category
Systolic mm Hg (upper #)
and/or
Diastolic mm Hg (lower #)
Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120 – 139 or 80 – 89
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
140 – 159 or 90 – 99
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2/td>
160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
-Emergency care needed
Higher than 180 or Higher than 110

Blood pressure numbers and what they mean
117 over 76 millimeters of mercuryYour blood pressure is recorded as two numbers:
Systolic blood pressure - the upper number
indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.
Diastolic blood pressure - the lower number
indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
Blood pressure categories
The five blood pressure ranges as recognized by the American Heart Association are
Normal blood pressure
Congratulations on having blood pressure numbers that are within the normal (optimal) range of less than 120/80 mm Hg. Keep up the good work and stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

Prehypertension - early stage high blood pressure
Prehypertension is when blood pressure is consistently ranging from 120-139/80-89 mm Hg. People with prehypertension are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control it.

Hypertension Stage 1
Hypertension Stage 1 is when blood pressure is consistently ranging from 140-159/90-99 mm Hg. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe lifestyle changes and may consider adding blood pressure medication.

Hypertension Stage 2
Hypertension Stage 2 is when blood pressure is consistently ranging at levels greater than 160/100 mm Hg. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe a combination of blood pressure medications along with lifestyle changes.

Hypertensive crisis
This is when high blood pressure requires emergency medical attention. If your blood pressure is higher than 180/110 mm Hg and you are NOT experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, changes in vision or difficulty speaking, wait about five minutes and take it again. If the reading is still at or above that level, you should CALL 9-1-1 and get help immediately. Learn more about the two types of hypertensive crises.