Blood pressure numbers can be indicative of your overall health. Typically, blood pressure falls into five different categories to let you know if it’s at a healthy level or if your numbers should be improved. Ranging from normal to hypertensive crisis, blood pressure measurements should be done by a medical professional to be gauged accurately. So what is considered “normal” blood pressure?
Systolic Vs. Diastolic
Before diving into numbers, it’s important to know the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Most people know this as “the upper number,” but systolic blood pressure informs you how much pressure your blood is putting on your artery walls any time the heart is beating. Meanwhile, diastolic blood pressure, or “the lower number,” lets you know the amount of pressure your blood is putting against your artery walls whenever the heart is resting between beats. Most doctors will look at the systolic blood pressure (top number) since this is the larger risk factor for heart disease for those over 50. Many people notice an increase in their systolic blood pressure as they age and plaque increases within their arteries.
Normal Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg, you are considered to have normal blood pressure. With these numbers, you can continue your usual heart-healthy habits.
Once your blood pressure has reached 120-130/80-89 mm Hg, it is considered prehypertension. This puts you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure and you should take steps to improve it.
Hypertension Stage 1
If your blood pressure is consistently measuring 140-159/90-99 mm Hg, it is considered hypertension stage 1. At this point, your doctor will likely recommend making some lifestyle changes and could possibly prescribe you blood pressure medication.
Hypertension Stage 2
Blood pressure consistently coming in higher than 160/100 mm Hg is diagnosed as hypertension stage 2. Doctors will likely encourage both blood pressure medication and lifestyle changes.
If you’re concerned about your blood pressure numbers, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.