|Category||Systolic (top number)||Diastolic (bottom number)|
|Normal||Less than 120||And||Less than 80|
|High blood pressure|
|Stage 2||160 or higher||Or||100 or higher|
Blood pressure numbers include systolic (sis-TOL-ik) and diastolic (di-a-STOL-ik) pressures. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats.
You will most often see blood pressure numbers written with the systolic number above or before the diastolic, such as 120/80 mmHg. (The mmHg is millimeters of mercury—the units used to measure blood pressure.)
The table below shows normal numbers for adults. It also shows which numbers put you at greater risk for health problems. Blood pressure tends to go up and down, even in people who have normal blood pressure. If your numbers stay above normal most of the time, you’re at risk.
About 1 in 3 adults in Canada has HBP. HBP itself usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, it can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.
This is why knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you’re feeling fine. If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, you need treatment to prevent damage to your body’s organs.
High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.
“Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.
An individual’s blood pressure varies greatly from day to day and season to season. Normally, blood pressure rises during work or play and falls to its lowest levels during sleep. The best way to get consistent readings is to monitor your blood pressure at least once a day, at the same time so that you can minimize the effect that external factors have on the reading.
Your cuff might be too small for you. A cuff that is too small yields a measurement that is higher than the correct blood pressure. Be sure to check that you are using the correct cuff size before taking your blood pressure. Please reference the section called “Select the correct cuff” in the instruction manual or see question 3 of this present FAQ to determine your correct cuff size. If your measurements still seem high, please consult your physician.
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Many individuals find that they become apprehensive and tense while having their blood pressure taken at a doctor’s office or hospital. This can cause falsely elevated readings, commonly known as “white coat hypertension”. One way to determine this is to take your own readings in the comfort of your home and compare them with readings from your doctor.
Home monitoring is recommended by more than two out of three physicians for their patients with hypertension.
Self-measurement at home supplements the doctor’s readings and provides a more accurate and complete blood pressure history. Moreover, clinical studies have shown that detection and treatment of hypertension is improved when patients both consult their physicians and monitor their own blood pressure at home.