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blood pressure numbers and the meaning

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

Caution Range - Prehypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
Take action!

Normal Range - Normal
Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NANCYPAT1 1/31/2014 5:20AM

    Thanks for sharing these numbers and the information to go with them

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ARTJAC 1/29/2014 11:47PM


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WENDYW596 1/29/2014 8:18PM

    emoticon That is interesting...... I am on low dose of BP medication. It was cut in half when I lost my 40 pounds.. My BP now is in the Normal Range now.

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ANAMORPHOSIS 1/29/2014 5:26PM

    I have low blood pressure, usually about 110/70. Sometimes in the summer if it's hot I get dizzy unless I'm properly hydrated.

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SANDRALEET 1/29/2014 5:19PM

    Medication low sodium exercise can control it I controlled mine for over 20 years

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2HAMSDIET 1/29/2014 5:18PM


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CELIAMINER 1/29/2014 5:09PM

    Thanks, I never knew this! I normally have low blood pressure, often something like 100/60. I've always thought that was related to a slow metabolism, since I'd have the same readings even when I was fat and horribly out of shape.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 1/29/2014 4:15PM

  Yes that is true! Different doctors though have different guidelines like with everything else but that's a good guideline. Thanks

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