New high blood pressure guidelines: Think your blood pressure is fine? Think again…Harvard Health

Still on blood pressure…

High blood pressure used to be defined as blood pressure reading of 140/90mmHg or more. Not anymore!
The new guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association state that only blood pressure readings below 120/80mmHg can now be considered normal blood pressure.
A systolic blood pressure reading between 120 and 129mmHg is considered elevated blood pressure.
Stage 1 high blood pressure is between 130 to 139mmHg systolic blood pressure reading and between 80 to 89mmHg diastolic blood pressure reading.
Grade 2 high blood pressure is any reading above 140/90mmHg

Do you understand what systolic and diastolic blood pressures mean? Here are a few facts to guide you:

• Blood Pressure is the pressure with which blood pushes against your vessels as it passes through your body. A normal blood pressure allows blood to flow and deliver oxygen and food to different parts of the body.

• We measure blood pressure with two numbers (ie, 124/84 mmHg). The first number is called the systolic blood pressure and the second is called the diastolic blood pressure. These two numbers are written as ‘systolic/diastolic’ followed by the unit of measurement.

• Systolic blood pressure is your highest blood pressure measurement and is recorded when your heart contracts.

• Diastolic blood pressure is your lowest blood pressure measurement and is recorded when your heart relaxes and fills with blood

If by this new classification you have now become hypertensive, then you need to read the post below! Even if nothing has changed for you, trust me, this is a compelling read!

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