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I have high blood pressure readings when sitting and in the evening, what to do?

I have high blood pressure readings when sitting and in the evening, what to do?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor. It may be truly elevated or it may be something related to the instrument and the way you are taking the blood pressure. Your doctor will check the blood pressure and take appropriate action. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What to do if I have high blood pressure readings when sitting and in the evening?

What to do if I have high blood pressure readings when sitting and in the evening?

HTN/Sitting: It depends how high is high. If you have no other symptoms that would suggest an acute issue which is does not seem like all that may be needed is adjustment of your medication and the time period and dosing of the medication ...Read more

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Should I be worried about a few high blood pressure readings in a day. One was 174/104?

Should I be worried about a few high blood pressure readings in a day. One was 174/104?

Hypertension: Yes, you should be concerned. This blood pressure reading is too high. You should get checked by your primary care provider. You may not have any problems at all, but if you blood pressure is this high, you may need to be on medicine to correct it. I'd recommend seeing someone fairly soon about it. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

Can you explain to me why high blood pressure can be dangerous to an individual?

The silent killer: Htn is the leading cause of strokes and end stage renal disease requiring dialysis. It is a leading cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and heart attacks. The major reduction in the incidence of strokes since 1950 has been attributed to the more widespread use of effective anti-hypertensive drugs. Htn causes no symptoms for about 30 years when end organ damage begins to occur. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure of 163/99 dangerous for someone who has high blood pressure? Im alway told im border line

Is a blood pressure of 163/99 dangerous for someone who has high blood pressure? Im alway told im border line

This : This is not borderline, this is high. You should be on medication. Follow up with your doctor to begin treatment and have blood tests and an ekg done if you have not done so already. Untreated hypertension can lead to a heart attack or stroke so make sure you see your doctor right away. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My husband has high blood pressure at dr visits.. Hbp runs in his fam.. Dr never gives anything for it... If left untreated is this not dangerous?

My husband has high blood pressure at dr visits.. Hbp runs in his fam.. Dr never gives anything for it... If left untreated is this not dangerous?

Hypertension: White coat hypertension which appears only in the doctors office and not in the patient's life otherwise, does not appear to be problematic. We do check to be sure it doesn't turn into fixed hypertension but most often that isn't the case. ...Read more

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high blood pressure reading 163/99, what to do?

 high blood pressure reading 163/99, what to do?

Below: If you are already on BP meds, call your DR for advice. If you are not on BP meds, see your DR and get started on meds. ...Read more

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Reading up on sign and symptoms of high blood pressure. Can you say more?

Reading up on sign and symptoms of high blood pressure. Can you say more?

Hypertension: Htn is called the "silent killer" for a reason meaning symptoms frequently occur late if at all. Talk to your physician & get screened. Preventive techniques include maintaining an ideal body weight, exercising regularly & moderating alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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What is the average blood pressure reading for someone with high blood pressure?

What is the average blood pressure reading for someone with high blood pressure?

See below: The systolic blood pressure is considered elevated (at rest) if it's 140 mmHg or greater until age 59. At age 60, the systolic blood pressure is considered elevated of it is 150 mmHg or greater. There is no general average for patients who have hypertension, but you can trend your individual average blood pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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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