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My blood pressure reading was 125 over 63?

My blood pressure reading was 125 over 63?

Blood pressure: That is normal. There is always some mild variation. We consider high blood pressure when it is above 140/90 on 3 separate occasions. We worry about too low blood pressure in adults when ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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I have blood pressure readings showing 150?

I have blood pressure readings showing 150?

BP Goal 120/80: I will presume you are referring to the "top" value or systolic blood pressure (bp). If measured correctly, this is way too high for a 31yo male. Of course I don't know about any other medical problems you may have...
The current definition of a "normal" BP is 120/80 or less...
Have it checked out! ...Read more

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What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

Normal: You have to determine if the cuff you are using is accurate. You will rarely get the same BP readings with an automated cuff. ...Read more

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How serious is a blood pressure reading of 82/56?

How serious is a blood pressure reading of 82/56?

Variable: One never treats a number per se; but rather symptoms if any. A BP of 82/56 is certainly on the low side especially for a 44-year-old male. However, if you are of slight build that may be normal for you. If you are not lightheaded and well hydrated, basically asymptomatic with that number, no need to worry. If you are light-headed, then you ought to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Is my blood pressure normal at a reading of 97/71?

Is my blood pressure normal at a reading of 97/71?

BP: As long as you are not dizzy, lightheaded that BP is fine. I believe you are probably on anti hypertensive medications. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure reading of 96/64 a low reading?

Symptoms : Not if you have no symptoms most common would be dizziness or low energy. ...Read more

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What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

It depends: How low is too low depends on the person, but for most people anything below 90/60 is considered too low. Common symptoms of low BP are lightheadedness, vision change, unsteadiness, fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these, see your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a dangerous blood pressure reading be in women?

What is a dangerous blood pressure reading be in women?

Depends: <135/85 is normal. Any BP elevation that causes angina, heart failure, or encephalopathy is dangerous. Usually one only sees that with bps >200/120 or so. ...Read more

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What does a lower number of blood pressure reading mean?

Hypertension: The diastolic pressure is related to the intravascular volume and the peripheral vascular resistance when the heart is relaxed and not contracting. ...Read more

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What is a good blood pressure reading for a 50-year-old male?

What is a good blood pressure reading for a 50-year-old male?

Normal BP: For a healthy person, the recommended range is less than 120 over less than 80 (<120/<80). Blood pressure that is 120-139/80-89 is considered prehypertensive, and high blood pressure is considered 140/90 or more. ...Read more

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What is the best way to reduce the top blood pressure reading?

What is the best way to reduce the top blood pressure reading?

Blood Pressure: Lifestyle change is the most important issue in management of hypertension. Smoking cessation, weight loss, limit alcohol, reduce salt intake, exercise 30 min a day for most days.
Medications will be required to help with BP. Your GP will need to assess you before prescribing as they have to rule out other causes first. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure reading of 147/75 normal for a 43-year-old man?

Is a blood pressure reading of 147/75 normal for a 43-year-old man?

Blood pressure: The upper number of 147 is a little on the high side, but not terribly so. The fact that the numbers are odd numbers suggests to me that the pressure was measured with an automatic cuff. Manual BP readings are more accurate, and in any event one should not decide too much on the basis of a single reading. Multiple readings taken over time are more useful. ...Read more

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Blood pressure readings only 10 points apart. Should i be concerned?

Blood pressure readings only 10 points apart. Should i be concerned?

Unlikely : It sounds like your BP cuff is broken or the BP wasn't measured accurately. It's really not possible for the systolic and diastolic pressures to be only 10 points apart. ...Read more

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What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

Normal For You: An "average" blood pressure is 120/80 which means 120 mm mercury systolic (full heart pump) and 80 mm mercury diastolic (heart at rest between beats). Many other factors enter into the number which makes it higher or lower, but normal for you. Example: athletes BP is usually lower, the elderly have higher bp's but both are prefectly fine. Find what is normal for you. Extremes are bad. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure reading of 98/50 something to be concerned about?

Depends: On the presence or abscence of symptoms such as lightheadedness/ fatigue and what your "normal pressure "is. This may be normal for you if there is no history of hypertension. ...Read more

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Can you take blood pressure over a shirt? How will it affect the reading?

Can you take blood pressure over a shirt? How will it affect the reading?

BP recording: A BP can be recorded over a shirt but the readings may not be as accurate when the cuff is placed directly against the skin. If you are using an automated cuff, the machine may be thrown off by extraneous "noise" coming from your shirt due to movement. ...Read more

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How can I get an accurate blood pressure reading? What is proper procedure?

How can I get an accurate blood pressure reading? What is proper procedure?

Arm is best: The Best way to check it yourself is with an automatic cuff you can buy from any drugstore. The ones that fit around your arm are the best. Taking measurements first thing in the morning and right before bed can give you a good average. Some types of blood pressure checking devices slip onto the wrist. They work but can be a little off. ...Read more

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I get blood pressure reading -what does it mean if the bottom number is low?

Bottom number: Bottom number is always lower than the upper number. You need to tell us what the upper and lower numbers are.Than only we can answer your question. ...Read more

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What is a good blood pressure reading? I am a 53-year-old female in good health.

What is a good blood pressure reading? I am a 53-year-old female in good health.

Your : Your top number (systolic blood pressure) should be less than 120 and your bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) should be less than 80. I attached a website below that goes into depth about high blood pressure and blood pressure ranges. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a person raise their blood pressure reading just by thinking about it rising?

Can a person raise their blood pressure reading just by thinking about it rising?

Yes: That can happen when a person with high blood pressure checks his BP (to write it down), and notices that it is higher than he wants it to be. He thinks about it and takes it again, but it turns out a few points higher than before. Then, he thinks about it some more, and takes it a third time, but now it's even higher... So, the more he thinks and worries about it, the higher the BP goes. ...Read more

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If I take my blood pressure and I started at 185 vs 150 will I get a higher reading?

If I take my blood pressure and I started at 185 vs 150 will I get a higher reading?

Possibly: Only if your systolic blood pressure is higher than 150. 180 is a reasonable level to inflate the cuff to. ...Read more

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Why is a sitting blood pressure reading higher than a standing blood pressure reading?

Gravity: The short answer is the effect of gravity. When you stand up, your blood will "pool" in your lower extremities. The body has to increase the heart rate and vascular tone in order to keep blood pumping upwards towards your arms, neck and head. It is typical for the blood pressure to fall a little when you stand up; if it falls too much, this can be abnormal though, and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my blood pressure reading are always higher when I'm standing up?

Blood pressure: If you're standing blood pressure is still 140/90 or lower it is still normal. Some people have more vigorous vasomotor adaptation to position change than others. If your pressure doesn't rise outside the normal range shouldn't worry. Like all of us, BP should get checked through life lest it go up into the too high range with aging. ...Read more

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If my blood pressure reading is 240/90 what are the immediate actions that I should take?

If my blood pressure reading is 240/90 what are the immediate actions that I should take?

Calm down, seek help: Calm down, relax... That will likely help significantly. If you normally take medications and have skipped them recently, you should take them now. At the same time you should seek care at an urgent care center or an emergency department. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm getting different readings when taking my blood pressure and i have taken my medication?

Can vary : As long as there are not marked differences in the readings would not worry. Your blood pressure can vary by a few points at various times of the day, and by how anxious you are when taking the reading. If the reading vary widely see your doctor. ...Read more