Knowing your blood pressure category
Check your blood pressure (BP) category here. BP classification has changed.
You were probably in the normal category before now. However new evidence now points to the need for us to begin to pay attention to our blood pressure at much lower levels than before. The problems that accompany high blood pressure such as hypertension, kidney disease and stroke must also be screened and detected early to preserve one’s quality of life.
Blood pressure category
|Systolic B/P (mmHg) (upper number)||Diastolic B/P (mmHg) (lower number)||Action|
|Normal||<120||< 80||Aim at prevention|
|Elevated||> 120||and||< 80||Engage in lifestyle changes|
|Hypertension Stage 1||130 – 139||and||80 – 89||Engage in lifestyle changes|
|Hypertension Stage 2||140 – 179||or||90 – 119||See your doctor for medication|
|Hypertensive crises||180 and above||and/or||120 and above||See your doctor immediately|