How To Tell What The Numbers Mean?

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Asked by jackson9932

How To Tell What The Numbers Mean?

where can I find information on the numbers is there a calculator or somewhere that can tell you if you blood pressure is to high. mine was 138/93

Answer

Hi Jackson9932,

Here is a great source of information: The Basics of High Blood Pressure

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!

Even though 138 is within the pre-hypertensive category, a diastolic (bottom) number of 93 puts you in the high blood pressure (Stage 1) range.

Discuss treatment options with your MD.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
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