1 in 3 Adults Has High Blood Pressure. Get Checked Today.

About Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Blood pressure can be controlled, through lifestyle change and/or medication. High blood pressure can have serious health consequences like stroke or heart attack.

Get it Checked

The first step to having a healthy blood pressure is getting your blood pressure checked. Your blood pressure consists of two numbers the systolic number (upper number) and the diastolic number (lower number). The systolic measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, the diastolic number measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure should be 120/80 or lower. Because there are no symptoms, one-third of all adults don't know they have high blood pressure. Check your blood pressure today!

What is "Normal" Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure CategorySystolic mm Hg
(Upper #)
Diastolic mm Hg
(Lower #)
NormalLess than 120Less than 80
Pre-hypertension120-13980-89
Stage 1 high blood pressure140-15990-99
Stage 2 high blood pressure160 or higher100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed)Higher than 180Higher than 110

If your blood pressure is above the normal range, you should ask your doctor about ways to lower it. Lowering your blood pressure can improve your overall health as well as your cardiovascular health.


This information is provided by the Division of Prevention and Wellness within the Department of Public Health.