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Blood Pressure Basics

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body.

If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause:

  • Heart disease

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Kidney failure

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Memory trouble or dementia

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Loss of vision

  • Pregnancy complications

Check your blood pressure often and talk with your doctor about how to manage high blood pressure through medication, lifestyle modifications like eating healthfully and regular physical activity. Call your primary care physician to schedule your annual preventive visit or call Connected Care Customer Service at Presbyterian at 505-923-8000 or 1-855-780-7737 for help scheduling an appointment.

What is Your Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure Category

Systolic Blood Pressure

Diastolic Blood Pressure


<120 mm Hg


<80 mm Hg


120 – 129 mm Hg


<80 mm Hg


Stage 1

Stage 2

130 – 139 mm Hg

140 mm Hg



​80 -89 mm Hg

90 mm Hg


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