This week, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology redefined the high blood pressure measurement for the first time in 14 years. The update now classifies blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg and higher as “high.” This is a change from the previous definition of 140/90 mmHg and higher.

The newest guidelines for hypertension:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80 mmHg
  • Elevated: Top number (systolic) between 120-129 and bottom number (diastolic) less than 80
  • Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89
  • Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg
  • Hypertensive crisis: Top number over 180 and/or bottom number over 120.

As part of OHD’s mission to bring health and wellness clarity to others, we make sure our systems report the most current medical industry. This means a person’s blood pressure results may change, with the most important being high blood pressure. This is important since a person who has a BP of 135/85 would have previously been listed as “borderline” will now be listed as “high.”

Note: this change by the AHA only affects the “health results” page in OHD’s system, where we communicate what is healthy and what is not. Learn more at: https://news.heart.org/nearly-half-u-s-adults-now-classified-high-blood-pressure-new-definitions/