Recommended Blood Pressure Levels (Systolic/Diastolic)
Part of the Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Having high blood pressure, or hypertension, causes your heart to work harder than normal to pump blood. Get a blood pressure test and look at your numbers to see if you’re at risk for health problems related to high blood pressure.
|Blood Pressure Category||Systolic (1st Number)||Diastolic (2nd Number)|
|Normal||less than 120*||less than 80*|
|Stage 2||160 or higher||100 or higher|
*All figures measured in mm/Hg (millimeters/mercury). Source: The American Heart Association.