• Mary Fegenbush Mary Fegenbush
    June 10, 2010
    When the systolic is in one category and diastolic in another (134/72) what is the blood pressure?
    Mary Fegenbush Mary Fegenbush
    June 10, 2010

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    June 11, 2010
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    June 10, 2010

    Hi Mary,

     

    Your blood pressure category is determined by the higher (or most elevated number).

     

    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
    Perfect!

     

    As an example, a blood pressure of 134/72 mm Hg would fall within the prehypertension category.

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure


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