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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults *
(Ages 18 Years and Older)

  Blood Pressure Level (mm Hg)
Category Systolic Diastolic
Optimal** < 120 < 80
Normal < 130 < 85
High Normal 130–139 85–89
High Blood Pressure
Stage 1 140–159 90–99
Stage 2 160–179 100–109
Stage 3 => 180 =>110

* For those not taking medicine for high blood pressure and not having a short-term serious illness. These categories are from the National High Blood Pressure Education Program.

** Optimal blood pressure with respect to heart disease risk is below 120/80 mm Hg.  However, unusually low readings should be evaluated for clinical significance.

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< means LESS THAN
=> means GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO

When systolic and diastolic blood pressures fall into different categories, the higher category should be used to classify blood pressure level. For example, 160/80 mm Hg would be stage 2 hypertension (high blood pressure).

Source: National Institutes of Health

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