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What is prehypertension?

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In prehypertension, the systolic (top number) reading is 120-139 , or the diastolic (bottom number) reading is 80-89 .

Prehypertension is a warning sign that you may get high blood pressure in the future. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and kidney failure. There's no cure for high blood pressure, but there is treatment with diet, lifestyle habits, and medications.

From: Prehypertension: Are You at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 04, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 04, 2019

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