The Facts About High Blood Pressure

Updated:Dec 8,2017
Get the facts about blood pressure

What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high.

If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone

  • Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. (Many don’t even know they have it.)
  • The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked.

Know your numbers
Learn about checking your blood pressure numbers and what they mean.

BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORYSYSTOLIC mm Hg
(upper number)
 DIASTOLIC mm Hg
(lower number)
NORMALLESS THAN 120andLESS THAN 80
ELEVATED120 – 129andLESS THAN 80
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
(HYPERTENSION) STAGE 1
130 – 139or80 – 89
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
(HYPERTENSION) STAGE 2
140 OR HIGHERor90 OR HIGHER
HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS
(consult your doctor immediately)
HIGHER THAN 180and/orHIGHER THAN 120

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High blood pressure is a “silent killer”

  • Most of the time there are no obvious symptoms.
  • Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure.
  • When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.

There is hope

  • While there is no cure for high blood pressure, with proper treatment and management, you can live a long and healthy life.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This content was last reviewed November 2017.

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