Wellness Tips

Blood Pressure

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Not sure what your blood pressure level is or why it matters? Learn more about this important factor of heart health through resources provided by the American Heart Association. You can take the first step toward regaining control of your health by scheduling a blood pressure screening today.

Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this:

Read as “117 over 76 millimeters of mercury” Systolic –The top number, which is also the   higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the   heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).
Diastolic –The bottom number, which is also   the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between   heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with   blood).

 

This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.

Blood Pressure
Category
Systolic
mm Hg (upper #)
Diastolic
mm Hg (lower #)
Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120139 or 8089
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
140159 or 9099
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(Emergency care needed)
Higher than 180 or Higher than 110

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