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Healthy and Unhealthy Blood Pressure Ranges

Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association. See the chart.

Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings.

Healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges chart

Know Your Blood Pressure (BP)

Select where your BP falls to understand more about your blood pressure and what you can do to improve it. (As a reminder, systolic is the top number and diastolic is the bottom number of a BP reading.)

    Great job! Your blood pressure is normal. To keep your readings in this range, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

    The good news is that you don’t have high blood pressure. However, your numbers fall within the Elevated category, making you more likely to develop high blood pressure unless you take action to control it. Ready to make some small changes that have big impacts? Healthy lifestyle choices are a great place to start.

    You are in the first stage of hypertension, but there are actions you can take to get your blood pressure under control. Your doctor will speak to you about small changes that can make a big difference and other BP Raisers. In addition, monitoring blood pressure outside of the doctor’s office is important for BP control. Use one of AHA’s local or digital resources to easily track your numbers.

    It looks like you have Stage 2 Hypertension. Don’t be discouraged, because with lifestyle changes, in conjunction with medication that your doctor will most likely prescribe, you’ll be on your way to reducing your blood pressure. In addition, monitoring blood pressure outside of the doctor’s office is important for BP control. Use one of AHA’s local or digital resources to easily track your numbers.

    Your BP falls within the Hypertensive crisis category and requires immediate attention. If your numbers suddenly spiked to or above 180/120 mm Hg, from where they usually are, wait five minutes and test your blood pressure again. If it remains high, contact your doctor immediately as you could be experiencing a hypertensive crisis.

    Blood Pressure Categories

    The five blood pressure ranges as recognized by the American Heart Association are:

    Normal

    Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

    Elevated

    Elevated blood pressure is when readings consistently range from 120–129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition.

    Hypertension Stage 1

    Hypertension Stage 1 is when blood pressure consistently ranges from 130–139 systolic or 80–89 mm Hg diastolic. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe lifestyle changes and may consider adding blood pressure medication based on your risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), such as heart attack or stroke.

    Learn more about your risk with our Check. Change. Control. Calculator™.

    Hypertension Stage 2

    Hypertension Stage 2 is when blood pressure consistently ranges at 140/90 mm Hg or higher. At this stage of high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe a combination of blood pressure medications and lifestyle changes.

    Hypertensive crisis

    This stage of high blood pressure requires medical attention. If your blood pressure readings suddenly exceed 180/120 mm Hg, wait five minutes and then test your blood pressure again. If your readings are still unusually high, contact your doctor immediately. You could be experiencing a hypertensive crisis.

    If your blood pressure is higher than 180/120 mm Hg and you are experiencing signs of possible organ damage such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, change in vision or difficulty speaking, do not wait to see if your pressure comes down on its own. Call 911.

      

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