According to the new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association about what defines a normal blood pressure, about half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure! Knowing your blood pressure is an important part of controlling your risk of heart disease. If it’s normal, great! If not, knowing and treating it could reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or even dying from heart disease.
Here are the new categories of blood pressure defined by systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) pressure:
For instructions on checking your blood pressure, see instructions here. Then take this quiz to see how your blood pressure measures up!