Do you know your blood pressure?
Understanding your blood pressure is key to controlling it. The only way to know is to have your blood pressure tested by your doctor. However, once you know it’s also important to understand what healthy and or/unhealthy blood pressure ranges are.
The five blood pressure ranges as recognized by the American Heart Association are:
- Normal Blood Pressure
Blood pressure numbers are considered within the normal (optimal) range are less than 120/80 mm Hg.
- Elevated Blood Pressure
Elevated blood pressure is when readings are consistently ranging from 120-129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control it.
- Hypertension Stage 1
Hypertension Stage 1 is when a person’s blood pressure is consistently ranging from 130-139 systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe lifestyle changes and may consider adding blood pressure medication based on your risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) such as heart attack or stroke.
- Hypertension Stage 2
Hypertension Stage 2 is when blood pressure is consistently ranging at levels of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe a combination of blood pressure medications along with lifestyle changes.
- Hypertensive Crisis
This is when high blood pressure requires medical attention. If your blood pressure readings suddenly exceed 180/120 mm Hg you should contact your doctor immediately.
Therefore, we should all make a conscious effort to get our blood pressure tested and make sure we know what it is in order to make the necessary changes to our lifestyles and become healthier.