Definition of hypertension and Classification of blood pressure measurements Hypertension is a chronic condition of concern due to its role in the causation of coronary heart disease, stroke and other vascular complication .It is the commonest cardiovascular disorder, posing a major public health challenge to population in socio- economic and epidemiological transition. It is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular mortality, which accounts for 20-50 percent of all deaths. Definition of hypertension is difficult and, by necessity arbitrary. Sir George Peckering first formulated a concept that blood pressure in a population is distributed continuously as a bell-shaped curve with no real separation between normotension hypertension (1). There is also a direct relation between cardiovascular risk and blood pressure: the higher the blood presser, the higher the risk of both stroke and coronary events (1) As a consequence, the dividing line between normal and high blood pressure can be defined only in an operational way. As intervention trials included only adults aged 18 years or older, definition and classification of hypertension refer to adults not taking antihypertensive drugs and not actually ill, and based on the average of two or more readings on two or more occasion after initial screening. Table 1 shows the classification of hypertension by blood presser level. TABLE Classification of blood pressure measurements Category Systolic blood pressure Diastolic blood pressure (mm of Hg) (mm of Hg) Normal <130 <85 High normal 130-139 85-90 Hypertension Stage 1(Mild) 140-159 90-99 Stage 2(Moderate) 160-179 100-109 Stage 3(Severe) >180 >110 When systolic and diastolic blood pressures fall into different categories, the higher category should be selected to classify the individual’s blood pressure. "Isolated systolic hypertension” is defined as a systolic blood pressure of less than 90mm of Hg.
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