It depends on your stage:

  • Pre HTN – Change your habits! Get as healthy as possible.
  • Stage 1 – Try lifestyle changes for 6 months. Start meds if no improvement for 6 months
  • Stage 2  – Start meds right away

If you have diabetes, kidney or heart disease your goal BP is less than 130/80. If you have protein in your urine, your goal is less than 125/75.