Almost 50 percent of American adults experience high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be difficult to detect because it has no obvious symptoms, but it can negatively affect your health.1 Undetected high blood pressure may affect your health and injure vital organs like your heart and kidneys. You and your doctor should check your blood pressure regularly.1,3

Blood Pressure Category² Systolic MmHg (Upper Number) Diastolic MmHg (Lower Number) Normal Less than 120 AND Less than 80 Elevated 120-129 AND Less than 80 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Stage 1


OR 80-89
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Stage 2 140 or Higher OR 90 or Higher Hypertensive Crisis: CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY 180 or Higher AND/OR 120 or Higher

Note: A medical professional must make or confirm a diagnosis of high blood pressure, which may vary based on age and diagnosis. The above chart categorizes blood pressure values recognized by the American Heart Association. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, taking medication as prescribed and making adjustments to your lifestyle such as eating healthier and exercising can help lower the risks associated with high blood pressure.

The above refers to general health-related information and is not a substitute for professional health care. For individualized medical guidance, talk to your doctor.


The Facts About High Blood Pressure (2017, November 30). Retrieved April 24, 2023, American Heart Association.

2 Changes You Can Make to Manage High Blood Pressure.(2017, November 30). Retrieved April 26, 2022, American Heart Association.

3 Health Threats From High Blood Pressure. (2022, March 4). Retrieved April 24, 2023, American Heart Association.