Blood Pressure Chart: What Do Your Numbers Mean?

It’s very important to understand blood pressure readings especially when you have HBP, because those numbers are the key to control high blood pressure. You must learn what’s considered normal – understanding your numbers could save your life one day.

Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults.

Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings.

 

Related: 8 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

 

 

To understand – what do your blood pressure numbers mean – it’s important to know that we are speaking of two numbers or levels.

The first number, which is the top number is your systolic blood pressure. So, this number represents the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.

The second number, which is the bottom number represents your diastolic blood pressure and it’s the lowest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart relaxes between its beats.

 

Which one is more important?

The top number, which represents your systolic blood pressure it’s given more attention, because it’s a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, especially for people over 50. This number rises with age due to the increasing stiffness of arteries.

Recent studies show that the risk of death from stroke and ischemic heart disease doubles with every 10 mm Hg diastolic and 20 mm Hg systolic increase among people aged 40 to 89.

Note: Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, because this chemical element was used in the first accurate pressure gauges and it’s still used as the standard unit of measurement for pressure in medicine.

 

Blood pressure categories

Normal blood pressure – numbers that are within the normal range or less than 120/80 mm Hg.

Elevated – if your readings are consistently ranging from 120-129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic, you are likely to develop high blood pressure.

Hypertension Stage 1 – if your blood pressure is consistently ranging from 130-139 systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic, your doctor will prescribe you some lifestyle changes and may add blood pressure medication.

Hypertension Stage 2 – If your blood pressure is consistently at levels from 140 systolic or 90 mm Hg diastolic, your doctor will prescribe you a combination of blood pressure medications along with serious lifestyle changes.

Hypertensive crisis – if your blood pressure readings exceed 180/120 mm Hg, wait about five minutes and test again. If your readings are still high, contact your doctor immediately, because you could have a hypertensive crisis, especially if you experience chest pain, back pain, change in vision or shortness of breath.

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

READ NEXT

6 Unexpected Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia

About 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, which is characterized by painful, tender joints along the body; fatigue; sleeplessness; and cognitive issues known as fibro fog. Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia are

10 Serious Diseases Doctors Often Get Wrong

The chance of getting a medical misdiagnosis could be greater than you think. A recent study found that diagnostic errors may affect as many as 12 million – or one

10 Sleep Remedies That Actually Work

Looking for a good night’s sleep? Try these natural sleep remedies and find insomnia relief without drugs. Sip warm milk and honey Forget the glass of wine—winding down the day

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Protein Intake

How’s your protein intake? Low, high, enough? If you’re unable to come up with a clear answer, maybe it’s because you are unaware of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). Most

5 Surprising Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut

According to Rosia Parrish, ND, a naturopathic doctor based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in natural and complementary medicine, “a healthy gut is usually functioning properly when you have a

12 Tips to Get Your Blood Circulation Pumping

It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart and other muscles, they make up your circulatory system. This network of

Scroll to Top