# Your blood pressure is 179 over 80?

### What your blood pressure values mean

Your blood pressure is: Normal

But regarding your systolic (upper) value your blood pressure is rather: Too high - Hypertension Stage 2

If you are getting two different types of classification for your blood pressure it is more likely to chose the one that is considered worse, e.g. if your systolic (upper) value is 'normal' and your diastolic (lower) value is 'high normal', consider 'high normal' as your classification.

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Your blood pressure too high - Hypertension Stage 2

Requirement for a blood pressure Hypertension Stage 2 is a value of 160-179 over 100-109.

If your systolic (upper) would increase from 179 mmHg to -59 mmHg and your diastolic (lower) value would increase by 0 mmHg your blood pressure would be no more 'Hypertension Stage 2' but 'Hypertension Stage 3'.

### What is Hypertension Stage 2 Blood Pressure

Hypertension basically refers to high blood pressure. There are three stages of hypertension, known as pre-hypertension, hypertension stage 1 and hypertension stage 2. Each subsequent stage is more severe than the previous stage. A persons blood pressure is based on their systolic and diastolic pressure readings. Depending on each specific person, normal blood pressure readings rest at 100 to 130 for systolic pressure and 60 to 85 for diastolic. It is when these readings become higher that the heart is asked to do more in order to keep a person functioning at normal levels. Too much strain on the heart can lead to a wide range of different risks and dangers. Hypertension stage 2 is a chronic condition that is diagnosed upon readings that put a persons systolic pressure at more than 160, with a diastolic pressure of higher than 100. Unlike earlier forms of hypertension, this cannot be treated solely with a change in diet, though that will help. Those suffering from this condition will often be required to take several different medications in order to keep this condition under control through the lowering of blood pressure. One important thing to keep in mind is that there are absolutely zero symptoms for hypertension stage 2, which is why it's essential to get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis.

### Risks of Hypertension Stage 2 Blood Pressure

There are a myriad of risks associated with the onset of hypertension stage 2. For one, hypertension is a huge risk factor for peripheral arterial disease, chronic kidney disease, aneurysms within the arteries, strokes and basic heart disease. Those with this condition will also find that it can even lower life expectancy. There are also two different diseases that a person with hypertension stage 2 is at risk of developing if left untreated, including coronary artery disease and what is known as hypertensive heart disease. What Can Help Safeguard Against Hypertension Stage 2 Blood PressureIn order to prevent hypertension stage 2, there are several dietary restrictions and weight tips that you should stick by. For instance, it's important to stay at a normal body rate, which can be aided with physical exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Eat at least 5-6 portions of fruits and vegetables per day as well. It's also recommended that you keep your sodium intake under 2.4 grams each day. All of this will help you keep hypertension blood pressure at bay.