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What is hypertension?

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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Elevated BP

Hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90 (either value).
Normal BP is considered 120/80 with pre-hypertension as 120-140/80-90. For pre-hypertension recommendations include improved diet (low salt) and exercise with consideration of an anti-hypertensive medication. Hypertension can lead to problems such as heart attack and stroke and usually does not cause any symptoms.

In brief: Elevated BP

Hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90 (either value).
Normal BP is considered 120/80 with pre-hypertension as 120-140/80-90. For pre-hypertension recommendations include improved diet (low salt) and exercise with consideration of an anti-hypertensive medication. Hypertension can lead to problems such as heart attack and stroke and usually does not cause any symptoms.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Persistent elevation

of resting BP above 140/90 is what most doctors use to define hypertension.
We usually require three readings at three different dates before diagnosing the disorder.

In brief: Persistent elevation

of resting BP above 140/90 is what most doctors use to define hypertension.
We usually require three readings at three different dates before diagnosing the disorder.
Dr. Chan Hwang
Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dr. Clarence Grim
I use the definition that high blood pressure is a pressure at which or above studies have shown that you are healthier when it is lower than when it is not. This can only be tested by randomized trials.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Hypertension

Defined as blood pressure over 140/90.

In brief: Hypertension

Defined as blood pressure over 140/90.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Dr. Howard Rubin
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