Prehypertension definition

A condition in which your blood pressure is elevated above normal or optimal levels but is not yet high enough to be diagnosed as high blood pressure (hypertension).

Prehypertension is generally defined as having a systolic blood pressure of 120-139 mmHg OR a diastolic blood pressure of 80-89 mmHg.

Prehypertension is a term used because you are likely to develop high blood pressure, especially if you don’t make healthy lifestyle changes.

Related terms: stage 1 hypertension, stage 2 hypertension, white coat hypertension

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