When you have your blood pressure taken at the doctor, you are told 2 numbers like 120/80. Both numbers are important.
The first number is your pressure when your heart beats (systolic pressure). The second number is your pressure when your heart relaxes (diastolic pressure). Your blood pressure goes up and down during the day, depending on what you are doing. Brief rises in blood pressure are normal, but the higher your blood pressure stays, the more at risk you are.
If your blood pressure is often greater than 140/90, you may need treatment.
If your blood pressure is greater than 120/80, and you have other risk factors, like diabetes, you may need treatment.
How does high blood pressure affect pregnant women?
A few women will get high blood pressure when they are pregnant. When pregnant women get high blood pressure, it is called preeclampsia or toxemia.
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