Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition by Amy L. Sutton

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Only one of the two blood pressure numbers has to be above normal to put you at greater risk for heart disease and heart attack. Blood pressure normally rises with age and body size. Newborns often have very low blood pressure numbers, while older teens have numbers similar to adults. The ranges for normal blood pressure and HBP are generally lower for youth than for adults. These ranges are based on the average blood pressure numbers for age, gender, and height. Your child should have routine blood pressure checks starting at 3 years of age.

During this time, though, it can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. This is why knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you’re feeling fine. If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, you need treatment to prevent damage to your body’s organs. Blood Pressure Numbers Blood pressure numbers include systolic and diastolic pressures. gov), part of the National Institutes of Health, November 2008.

Outlook Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure. People who have HBP can take steps to control it and reduce their risks for related health problems. Key steps include following a healthy lifestyle, having ongoing medical care, and following the treatment plan that your doctor prescribes. Other Names for High Blood Pressure High blood pressure (HBP) also is called hypertension. 1. Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults Category Systolic (top number) Normal Less than 120 And Less than 80 120–139 Or 80–89 Stage 1 140–159 Or 90–99 Stage 2 160 or higher Or 100 or higher Prehypertension Diastolic (bottom number) High blood pressure When HBP has no known cause, it may be called essential hypertension, primary hypertension, or idiopathic hypertension.

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