- Elevated blood pressure levels– is between 120-129/less than 80 – Are considered pre-hypertension and mean a person is at higher risk for developing high blood pressure. More recent studies have shown that even this level of blood pressure elevation can cause problems. Elevated blood pressure is a more accurate term because it is very likely to progress to full-blown hypertension if you don’t take steps to moderate it.
- Hypertension Stage 1 is 130-139/80-89 mmHg – When you have a blood pressure reading of 130–139mm Hg systolic or 80–89mm Hg diastolic, this stage is officially called hypertension. Most doctors will start considering medication, although it’s normal to try lifestyle changes first as there is still a chance they can work or help your medication work better.
- Hypertension Stage 2 is 140/90 mmHg or more – Not all doctors make a distinction between stage I and stage II hypertension, but the typical definition is a systolic pressure of 140mm Hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90mm Hg or higher. Again, the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk for medical problems. Severe hypertension often happens when high blood pressure goes undiagnosed and is more common in populations that don’t or can’t get routine medical care. One study indicated that men without high blood pressure lived about 7.2 years longer¹ without developing cardiovascular disease.
- Hypertensive crisis is higher than 180/120 or higher. The higher the blood pressure stage, the higher its risks to your health. Make sure to control your high blood pressure with lifestyle changes as soon as you know you’re in the pre-hypertension range. it can be controlled with proper treatment. This can keep you from developing serious medical issues, such as heart attack and stroke, and extend your life.
Understanding 4 Stages Of Hypertension