High blood pressure or hypertension, means high pressure (tension) in the arteries. Arteries are vessels that carry blood from the pumping heart to all the tissues and organs of the body.
High blood pressure does not mean excessive emotional tension, although emotional tension and stress can temporarily increase blood pressure.
- Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg.
- Blood pressure between 120-129/80 is elevated blood pressure
- Blood pressure of 130/80 or above is considered high.