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!|
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
|or||100 and higher
Used to be 100-109
|Change health habits and take two blood pressure medications, usually a diuretic and something else.|