Check Your Pressure Against The Chart

Published May 8, 2008

The best way to figure out whether you have high blood pressure is to get it checked. Once you do, see where you stand and where you need to be.

 

 

Blood pressure categories (adults age 18 and over)

Category

Systolic (mm/Hg)

Diastolic (mm/Hg)

Normal

130 or less

85 or less

High normal

130 -139

85 - 89

High blood pressure

140 or more

90 or more

Strive for an optimal blood pressure of 120/80 or less.

*Chart provided by the National Blood Lung Heart Institute

If you're blood pressure falls in the high range, check with your doctor about what you can do to get it lower.

Written by BET-Staff

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