REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: WHAT IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

High blood pressure is not an “all-or-nothing” problem. There are gradations in severity of high blood pressure; the significance of your blood pressure and the response you and your physician should make to alter it depend on how high it is.The diastolic pressure, the systolic pressure, or both may be elevated. Elevated diastolic pressure promotes damage to the kidneys and to blood vessels throughout the body. High systolic blood pressure is associated with a higher risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.Diastolic blood pressure as low as 50 or 60 mm Hg may be considered normal. A diastolic blood pressure of 85 to 89 mm Hg also is normal, but it is at the high end of the normal range. It warrants a recheck in 1 year.Mildly elevated blood pressure is important because it is more likely to progress to higher levels in the future. Thus, a systolic blood pressure of 140 to 159 mm Hg or  a diastolic blood pressure of 90 to 99 mm Hg requires a recheck in just 2 months.Systolic blood pressure of 160 to 179 mm Hg or more or diastolic blood pressure between 100 and 109 mm Hg is moderate hypertension. It should prompt a visit to the physician within 1 month for further evaluation and treatment measures if confirmed.Severe hypertension is a systolic pressure of 180 to 209 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure of 110 mm Hg or higher. This requires urgent evaluation and treatment.*255\252\8*

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