How does your blood pressure measure up?

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:

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For instructions on checking your blood pressure, see instructions here. Then take this quiz to see how your blood pressure measures up!

If you have questions about your blood pressure and risk for heart disease, visit for more information! Don’t forget to get your blood pressure log here!

2 thoughts on “How does your blood pressure measure up?

  1. This is sick. I mean, the new categories of blood pressure.This is how Pharma pushes extra drugs on people.

    1. It is quite a change. To many people’s surprise though, while the new guidelines will certainly categorize many more people as having blood pressure that’s too high, it doesn’t increase the number of people recommended to take medications by much at all. The reasoning is to help raise awareness of people with high blood pressure earlier on in the spectrum of the disease so that they can be encouraged to make those lifestyle changes that are so effective. Risk of heart disease related to high blood pressure increases as blood pressure increases rather than just in increments. Outcomes are better when it’s lower. The new guidelines reflect this.

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