Table 1

Definitions and thresholds from various professional bodies
Professional body Classifications Systolic values (mmHg) Diastolic values (mmHg)
European Society of Cardiology (ESC), 2013 Optimal <120 <80
Normal 120 to 129 80 to 84
High normal 130 to 139 85 to 89
Grade I hypertension 140 to 159 90 to 99
Grade II 160 to 179 100 to 109
Grade III >179 >109
Isolated systolic hypertension >139 <90
Joint National Committee (JNC 7), 2003 Normal <120 <80
Pre-hypertension 120 to 139 80 to 89
Hypertension ≥140 ≥90
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2011 Normal <140 <90
Stage I hypertension ≥140 ≥90
Stage II hypertension ≥160 ≥100
Severe hypertension ≥180 ≥110

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