Updated 07 July 2014

Table: what is normal, what is high?

A table to show you the normal ranges of blood pressure, and the stages of hypertension.


A table showing the normal ranges of blood pressure, and the stages of hypertension. Stage 1 is less severe than stage 3.

Blood Pressure Systolic (mm Hg) Diastolic (mm Hg)
Optimal 120 or less 80 or less
Normal Less than 130 Less than 85
High normal 130 -139 85 - 89
Stage 1 140 - 159 90 - 99
Stage 2 160 - 179 100 - 109
Stage 3 180 or higher 110 or higher

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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