Blood Pressure: How High Is Too High?

Is your blood pressure too high?

Should you be concerned about your blood pressure numbers?

Where does your blood pressure reading stand on the scale between “got it made” and “heading for trouble”?

Here’s what the JNC 7 says:

“Individuals with a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 mmHg should be considered as prehypertensive and require health-promoting lifestyle modifications to prevent CVD (cardiovascular disease).”

Here’s a handy chart from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

blood pressure chart - too high?

That means a reading of 120/80 is the point where your blood pressure is starting to get too high, while a reading of 139/89 is the upper end of the “consider making some lifestyle changes” range.

Don’t play games with blood pressure. It’s not called the “silent killer” for nothing.

And people who are over 50 need to be especially concerned.

But, how do you keep you keep your blood pressure down to a safer level?

We’ll talk about that next.