Definition of prehypertension in US English:



  • The condition of having blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, considered an indication of risk for hypertension.

    • ‘Further, prehypertension and residual hypertension together may account for nearly 14% of deaths, nearly 10% of nursing home admissions, and 4.7% of hospital admissions per 10,000 adults aged 25 to 74 years.’
    • ‘If you have prehypertension, exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension.’
    • ‘It's also part of the reason why we now have a category of blood pressure called prehypertension.’
    • ‘With 60% of the population affected, the United States is facing a serious challenge in the prevention and management of prehypertension and hypertension.’
    • ‘The strong association of high blood pressure with obesity and the marked increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity indicate that hypertension and prehypertension are becoming a significant health issue in the young.’
    • ‘Now with that blood pressure measurement, you'd be diagnosed with the abnormal condition of prehypertension, at risk of life-threatening cardiovascular complications.’
    • ‘Hypertension, like diabetes, has a preclinical stage of development, recently identified as prehypertension by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.’
    • ‘The new prehypertension category reflects this risk and, we hope, will prompt people to take preventive action early.’
    • ‘The revised guidelines incorporate recent research and present updated recommendations for lifestyle approaches, such as dietary changes for children and adolescents who have prehypertension as well as hypertension.’


Early 21st century.