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Knowing your Pressure

Blood pressure is such a crucial element of the human body; without it, the body is deprived of the force that keeps all systems ticking. Knowing how important it is toward health, we should therefore be cognisant of the challenge of regulating it.

The table below depicts action plans necessitated from various pressure levels:

Systolic Diastolic Status


Below 120 and Below 80 Normal blood pressure Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle
Between 120-139 or Between 80-89 Prehypertension Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle
Between 140-159 or Between 90-99 Stage 1 hypertension

Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle. 
If your blood pressure goal isn't reached in about a month,
talk to your doctor about taking one or more medications.

160 or higher or 100 or higher Stage 2 hypertension Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Talk to your doctor about taking more than one medication.

Note: These recommendations address high blood pressure as a single health condition. If you also have heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or certain other conditions, you may need to treat your blood pressure more aggressively.*Ranges may be lower for children and teenagers. Talk to your child's doctor if you're concerned your child has high blood pressure.


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About The Author
Cedric Chua
Cedric graduated with a pharmacy degree from the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds keen interest in health marketing and is currently a member of the Apex Pharmacy E-commerce team.

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