What are the stages of chronic hypertension for adults?

Here are the stages of chronic hypertension:
In stage 1 hypertension, your blood pressure measurement reads between 140 and 159 mm Hg. People in this category are recommended to make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and eating a healthier diet. If you have stage 1 hypertension, your doctor will likely have you come back for follow-up within a few months to see if your hypertension has improved or worsened.

Stage 2 hypertension is the most serious form of hypertension. People with this level of hypertension have a blood pressure measurement of 160/100 mm Hg or higher. People in this category will likely be prescribed medication as well as strongly encouraged to make lifestyle changes. The higher the numbers, the more urgent it is that you start treatment immediately.

The following are the stages of chronic hypertension for adults:

  • Prehypertension: This is a stage used to identify people who are at risk of getting hypertension. You are at risk if you have a systolic blood pressure (SBP) of 120 to 139 mmHg, or a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of 80 to 89 mmHg or both.
  • Stage I: You belong to this stage if you have a SBP of 140 to 159 mmHg, or a DBP of 90 to 99 mmHg or both.
  • Stage II: This includes those with a SBP higher than or equal to 160 mmHg, or a DBP higher than or equal to 100 mmHg or both.

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