The only way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to get your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms. So, many people don’t know they have it. Blood pressure at or above 130/80 mm Hg is high according to experts.
Your doctor will measure your blood pressure on several days or visits to find out if your blood pressure stays high over time. Your doctor may also ask you to take and track your blood pressure at home. If the average numbers are 130 mm Hg systolic (top #) OR 80 mm Hg diastolic (bottom #) or higher, you may have high blood pressure.
There are four blood pressure categories. They range from normal to Stage 2 high blood pressure. The higher the level, the higher your risk of serious diseases, such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease.
Be in the know! Check your blood pressure and take control!