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Definition of Prehypertension

Prehypertension: A systolic pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure of between 80 and 89 mm Hg. Prehypertension is a precursor to chronic high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes are therefore recommended for anyone with prehypertension.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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