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What are normal high blood pressure numbers?

Theodore D. Richards, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Stage 1 hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a reading above 140/90. A single high reading does not necessarily mean you have high blood pressure. Your physician or healthcare provider may take several readings over time before diagnosing you with high blood pressure and beginning a treatment plan.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Everyone should know their blood pressure numbers, since leaving high blood pressure unchecked is dangerous.

In this video, Dr. Oz talks about what normal numbers should be.

Dr. Cynthia Washington
Family Medicine

To assess for high blood pressure, you should have two or more blood pressure readings taken while sitting on different occasions.  A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 while sitting.  The following are categories of high blood pressure:

Pre High Blood Pressure:  Readings of 120-139 over 80-89

Stage 1 High Blood Pressure:  Readings of 140-159 over 90-99

Stage 2 High Blood Pressure:  Readings of 160 or higher over 100 or higher

Please contact your doctor if your blood pressure readings fall within any of these stages.

 

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