High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is consistently too high, putting extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Over time, this can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
But what exactly do blood pressure numbers mean? And is a reading of 130/90 considered high?
Understanding Blood Pressure Numbers
When you get your blood pressure checked, you’ll receive two numbers: the systolic pressure (the top number) and the diastolic pressure (the bottom number). The systolic pressure measures the force of blood against your artery walls when your heart beats, while the diastolic pressure measures the force of blood when your heart is at rest between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. Elevated blood pressure is when the systolic pressure is between 120-129 and the diastolic pressure is less than 80. Stage 1 hypertension is when the systolic pressure is between 130-139 or the diastolic pressure is between 80-89. Stage 2 hypertension is when the systolic pressure is 140 or higher or the diastolic pressure is 90 or higher.
Is 130/90 Considered High Blood Pressure?
Yes, a blood pressure reading of 130/90 is considered high. It falls under the category of stage 1 hypertension, which means that you have an increased risk of developing heart disease and other health problems. However, it’s important to note that a single high reading doesn’t necessarily mean that you have hypertension. Blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day and can be affected by factors such as stress, exercise, and medication.
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- A blood pressure reading of 130/90 is considered high and falls under the category of stage 1 hypertension.
- High blood pressure can increase your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
- At Nao Medical, we offer a range of services to help you manage your blood pressure and improve your overall health.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure often has no symptoms, which is why it’s sometimes called the ‘silent killer.’ The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked regularly by a healthcare professional.
What can I do to lower my blood pressure?
There are several lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure, including:
- Eating a healthy diet that’s low in salt and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
Your healthcare provider may also recommend medication to help lower your blood pressure.
How often should I get my blood pressure checked?
The American Heart Association recommends getting your blood pressure checked at least once every two years if your blood pressure is normal (less than 120/80 mm Hg). If you have elevated blood pressure or hypertension, your healthcare provider may recommend more frequent checks.