Know Your Blood Pressure - And What To Do About It

by American Heart Association News

The newest guidelines for hypertension:

Normal Blood Pressure

‹120mmHg and ‹80mmHg

*Recommendations: Healthy lifestyle choices and yearly checks.

Elevated Blood Pressure

120-129mmHg and ‹80mmHg

*Recommendations: Healthy lifestyle changes, reassessed in 3-6 months.

High Blood Pressure/Stage 1

130-139mmHg and 80-89mmHg

*Recommendations: 10-year heart disease and stroke risk assessment. If less than 10% risk, lifestyle changes, reassessed in 3-6 months. If higher, lifestyle changes and medication with monthly follow-ups until BP controlled.

High Blood Pressure/Stage 2

Greater than or equal to 140mmHg and Greater than or equal to 90mmHg

*Recommendations: Lifestyle changes and 2 different classes of medicine, with monthly follow-ups until BP controlled.

*Individual recommendations need to come from your doctor.

Source: American Heart Association's journal Hypertension Published Nov. 13, 2017