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A 56-year-old male asked:

husband has bp of 165/96 on bp medication also on allpurinol for gout is this dangerous?

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Dr. Jana Tomsky corvalan
Family Medicine 27 years experience
If untreated it is: If BP long term elevated above 135/85 it is dangerous for long term consequences as congestive heart failure , stroke., heart attack , kidney damage... In old age higher numbers may be permisible but not over 160. See doctor , watch sodium in diet ! Plant based food preferred and exercise . But exam by doc is imperative.

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