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Table 2 Blood pressure categories according to the JNC seventh report3.

From: Under- treatment and under diagnosis of hypertension: a serious problem in the United Arab Emirates

    SR Normotensives SR Hypertensives
BP Category SBP (mmHg) DBP (mmHg) Female (%) Male (%) Female (%) Male (%)
Normal < 130 < 85 59.7 45.0 8.1 13.4
Pre-hypertension 130 – 139 85 – 89 13.3 18.2 17.9 8.5
Stage I 140 – 159 90 – 99 24.0 30.4 40.7 37.5
Stage II ≥160 ≥100 3.1 6.3 33.3 40.6
Total (N)    196 444 123 224
  1. BP: blood pressure; SBP: systolic blood pressure; DBP: diastolic blood pressure; N: numbers; SR: self-reported. Incident Hypertensives are SR normotensives with high blood pressure.