Nearly one in three Americans has high blood pressure. If you are among them, you know that you can manage the condition with your health care provider's help. In most cases, high blood pressure responds to treatment, but the success of the treatment is up to you.
Normal blood pressure is any reading less than 120/80. If your blood pressure reading is between 120/80 and 139/89, you have "prehypertension," which means you are likely to develop high blood pressure if you don't take action to prevent it. High blood pressure is a reading of 140/90 or higher.
Even if you don't have high blood pressure, or hypertension, it's a good idea to get your blood pressure checked once a year. That's because high blood pressure generally does not produce symptoms that you can see or feel.Learn more ways to control your high blood pressure ›