REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – BLOOD PRESSURE CLASSIFICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Systolic (top number)Less than 130 mm Hg: normal blood pressure; recheck within 2 years130 to 139 mm Hg: high normal; recheck within 1 year140 to 159 mm Hg: mild hypertension*; confirm within 2 months160 to 179 mm Hg: moderate hypertension*; see doctor within 1 month180 to 209 mm Hg: severe hypertension; see doctor within 1 week210 mm Hg or higher: very severe hypertension; see doctor immediatelyDiastolic (bottom number)Less than 85 mm Hg: normal blood pressure; recheck within 2 years85 to 89 mm Hg: high-normal blood pressure; recheck within 1 year90 to 99 mm Hg: mild hypertension; confirm within 2 months100 to 109 mm Hg: moderate hypertension; see doctor within 1 month110 to 119 mm Hg: severe hypertension; see doctor within 1 week120 mm Hg or higher: very severe hypertension; see doctor immediately* Isolated systolic hypertension is defined as a normal diastolic blood pressure of less than 90 mm Hg but an elevated systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or more. It often occurs in elderly people.This information is based on the 1993 Report of the Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.*253\252\8*

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