If you would like a blood pressure screening by one of VNAHSR’s registered nurses, call 802.775.0568. For specific details or questions email Cathleen Paulin HERE  .

 

These are the categories in updated Blood Pressure guidelines from the National Institutes of Health.  What category are you in?
  Systolic (top number)   Diastolic (bottom number) What you should do
Normal Less than 120

Used to be <130

and Less than 80

Used to be <85

Keep up the good work!
Prehypertension

Blood pressure in this category used to be considered high-normal.

120-139 or 80-89 Change health habits. If you’re heavy, lose weight. Reduce salt in your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables and get more exercise. Moderate alcohol consumption might help, too. Medications are not recommended at this stage.
Stage 1 hypertension 140-159 or 90-99 Change health habits and take a blood pressure medication, probably starting with a diuretic. If you have another health problem (diabetes, angina, kidney disease, etc.) then a different drug (beta blocker, ACE inhibitor, etc.) is probably necessary.
Stage 2 hypertension

The Stage 3 hypertension category has been eliminated.

160 and higher

Used to be

160-179

or 100 and higher

Used to be 100-109

Change health habits and take two blood pressure medications, usually a diuretic and something else.