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Blood Pressure Categories

The following table shows the different categories of blood pressure for adults based on an average blood pressure reading.
 
 
Blood Pressure Level (mmHg)
Category
Systolic
 
Diastolic
Normal
< 120
and
< 80
120-139
or
80-89
High Blood Pressure
Stage 1 hypertension
140–159
or
90–99
Stage 2 hypertension
160
or
100
 
When systolic and diastolic blood pressures fall into different categories, the higher category should be used to classify blood pressure level. For example, 160/80 mmHg would be stage 2 hypertension (high blood pressure).
 
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