• Systolic Pressure

    The first and higher number (called systolic pressure) is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats.

  • Diastolic Pressure

    The second, lower number (called diastolic pressure) is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart is resting between beats.

How high is your blood pressure?

Sometimes your systolic and diastolic numbers may put you in 2 different categories. For example, your systolic number could be 145 (Stage 1 high blood pressure). Your diastolic number, however, could be 100 (Stage 2 high blood pressure). In that case, your doctor would classify you as having Stage 2 high blood pressure.

Blood Pressure
Category*
Top Number: Systolic
(the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood)
  Bottom Number: Diastolic
(the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats)
High blood pressure
Stage 2
160 or higher Or 100 or higher
High blood pressure
Stage 1
140 to 159 Or 90 to 99
Blood Pressure Category* Top Number: Systolic
High blood pressure
Stage 2
160 or higher
High blood pressure
Stage 1
140 to 159
Blood Pressure Category* Bottom Number: Diastolic
High blood pressure
Stage 2
100 or higher
High blood pressure
Stage 1
90 to 99

Treatments for high blood pressure may vary based upon age and/or other conditions. Blood pressure readings with the top (systolic) number between 120-139 and/or the bottom (diastolic) readings between 80-89 mm Hg may place you at risk for high blood pressure.

Did you know?

  • High blood pressure is a common condition that affects about 1 in 3 adults in the U.S.1

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  • Nearly 50% of Americans with high blood pressure, almost 40 million of the 80 million people with high blood pressure in the U.S., don't have it under control.2

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  • About 1 out of 5 U.S. adults with high blood pressure don’t know that they have it.1

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