WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? People can have high blood pressure for years and not know it. Nearly 30% of adults in the United States have high blood pressure and of those over one-third are unaware that they have this condition. These numbers come from the American Heart Association.
When your doctor takes a blood pressure reading it is reported as two numbers. The first, or the upper number, being systolic and the second or lower number being called the diastolic number. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute have issued the following guidelines for interpreting these numbers.
â¢ Normal Blood Pressure is below 120/80 mmHg
â¢ When systolic pressure is 120 to 129 and diastolic pressure is 80 to 89 this is defined as prehypertension.
â¢ Stage 1 hypertension is systolic 140 to 159 and diastolic between 90 and 99.
â¢ Stage 2 hypertension is when systolic is higher than 160 and diastolic is over 100. Read more...http://bit.ly/4H7YD0