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What are the numbers for high blood pressure?

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Blood pressure is the force of blood through your blood vessels. You get two numbers, one written on top of the other. High blood pressure, also called hypertension is a reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

�Normal: less than 120/80 mm Hg

�Elevated: top number between 120-129 and the bottom number is less than 80

�Stage 1 hypertension: top number between 130-130 or bottom number between 80-90

�Stage 2 hypertension: top number at least 140 or bottom number at least 90

�Hypertensive crisis: If your top number is over 180 or the bottom number is over 120, you need medical care right away. You may need to switch your medication if you don�t have other problems. But if you have signs of organ damage, you�ll need to be admitted to a hospital.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic web site: "How being black affects your blood pressure: A healthy lifestyle is important regardless of skin color." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute web site: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure; What Are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?" WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.



 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 22, 2017

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic web site: "How being black affects your blood pressure: A healthy lifestyle is important regardless of skin color." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute web site: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure; What Are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?" WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.



 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 22, 2017

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