April 21, 2018
Prehypertension
Wellness Tip

Prehypertension

by Berkeley Wellness  

Even if your blood pressure is only mildly elevated, you’re still at high risk for a stroke.

A new analysis, published in the journal Neurology, combined data from 12 studies involving more than 500,000 people and found that those in the upper half of “prehypertension”—systolic blood pressure between 130 and 139 and/or diastolic pressure between 85 and 89 (hypertension starts at 140/90)—have an 80 percent higher risk of having a stroke than those with normal blood pressure (below 120/80).

People at the lower half of prehypertension (120-129/80-84) were not at elevated risk. Previous studies have found that prehypertension greatly increases the risk of heart attacks.