High blood pressure is a common condition for many. Often there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure or hypertension. This is why screening to check your blood pressure is essential. If you have been found to have high blood pressure, there are several treatment options available.
There are two parts to your blood pressure. The top number is the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure.
Blood pressure is categorized into the following levels:
- Normal = blood pressure 120/80 mm Hg or lower
- Elevated or pre-hypertension = systolic 120-129 mm Hg and diastolic below 80 mm Hg
- Stage 1 hypertension = systolic 130-139 mm Hg or diastolic 80-89 mm Hg
- Stage 2 hypertension = systolic 140 mm Hg or higher or diastolic 90 mm Hg or higher
- Hypertensive crises = measurements higher than 180/120 mm Hg