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What Does Your Blood Pressure Reading Mean

- Jul 04, 2018 -

If this is your first time taking your blood pressure, discuss the results with your doctor. Blood pressure is a very individualized vital sign reading, which means it can be very different for each person. Some people have naturally low blood pressure all the time, for example, while others may run on the higher side.

In general, a normal blood pressure is considered anything less than 120/80. Your own personal blood pressure will depend on your gender, age, weight, and any medical conditions you have. If you do register a blood pressure reading of 120/80 or over, wait two to five minutes and recheck.

If it’s still high, talk to your doctor to rule out hypertension. If your blood pressure ever goes over 180 systolic or over 120 diastolic after a repeat reading, seek emergency medical care right away.

Blood pressure chart

While everyone is different, the AHA recommends the following ranges for healthy adults:

CategorySystolicDiastolic
normalless than 120and less than 80
elevated120-129and less than 80
high blood pressure stage 1 (hypertension)130-139or 80-89
high blood pressure stage 2 (hypertension)140 or higheror 90 or higher
hypertensive crisis (call your local emergency services)higher than 180higher than 120

When determining the category you fall into, it’s important to remember that both your systolic and diastolic numbers need to be in the normal range for your blood pressure to be considered normal. If one number falls into one of the other categories, you’re blood pressure is considered to be in that category. For example, if your blood pressure is 115/92, you’re blood pressure would be considered high blood pressure stage 2.

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