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What do blood pressure numbers mean?

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Blood pressure (BP) is classified as follows by the American Heart Association:

  • Normal BP: Systolic less than 120 mm Hg; diastolic less than 80
  • Elevated BP: Systolic is between 120 and 129 mm Hg; diastolic less than 80
  • Stage 1 High BP: Systolic is 130–139 mm Hg or your diastolic is between 80-89
  • Stage 2 High BP: 140 or greater systolic, or 90 or greater diastolic

From: Tests for High Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

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High Blood Pressure by eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 15, 2018

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High Blood Pressure by eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 15, 2018

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