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How Bad Is My Blood Pressure
High BP: You should not go by a single blood pressure reading to diagnose hypertension. The diastolic (86) reading is not normal slightly high, it is within pre-hypertension range if consistent. Your heart rate is slightly above normal. Again, repeated readings should be done. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
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
HBP treatment: As a 43 year old male with hypertension, you should start your goal of BP reduction by losing weight, if you are obese, stopping cigarette smoking, if you smoke, exercising more and reducing the sodium content of your diet. If none need be done by you, see a physician for an examination and start BP medicines to lower your bp. The sooner you start you will avoid any hypertensive problems. ...Read more
Low blood pressure: If you are not getting lightheaded and dizzy then your blood pressure may not be low at all. Some people have lower blood pressure normally than other people. Generally longevity increases with lower blood pressure to a point. If you have no symptoms then it is probably normal. ...Read more
Why do I hear my diastolic pressure all the way down too 0 when my syostolic pressure is normal? Does that mean my blood pressure is 120/0?
No: In young healthy people with strong hearts, especially if they are thin, it is not uncommon to be able to hear the blood flow sounds (korotkoff sounds) all the way down to 0. In those cases, the diastolic blood pressure is determined when the korotkoff sound intensity decreases slightly (becomes muffled). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dad's blood pressure is 187/108. I know that's very bad. What happens if you have high blood pressure?
Acute and chronic: Acutely, there are no adverse effects (unless the BP is exceptionally high, higher than your father's). But over the long run, the risk increases for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney disease. Your father needs to get his BP under control - not today, but over the next couple of months. ...Read more
What can I do to lower my blood pressure when it gets high after i've already taken my blood pressure medication?
Hmmm: You can try meditation / yoga / biofeedback types of stress reducers to see if they help. More likely, you should be keeping a BP diary (date/time and reading, also with entries for what time you take your med(s)), and then take this in to your doctor--you might be undermedicated, or on non-ideal medicine for you. Get a few days' worth of data and ask your doc. ...Read more
Diagnosing high BP: High blood pressure typically requires multiple readings in different areas (not just the doctor's office). If you are not feeling well, then I do recommend getting treatment as soon as possible. But it is something you should monitor. Check it again later, and again a few days later, and once again next week. This will give you a better idea of your actual pressure. ...Read more
My blood pressure is 106/65 and my pulse is 65.Do I need to go to the E.R.? I normally have high blood pressure.
NO: You are fine. Relax. This is normal BP and Pulse. There is normal range of BP from 90/60 to 140/85. and Pulse varies from 60 to 100. ...Read more
Several Ways: Blood pressure that is elevated called hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as other organ damage - esp kidney and eyes as well. Healthy diet with exercise can play a significant role as well as very affordable medications (many are only once daily). Recommendations today really encourage a goal of 120/80 or less for optimum risk reduction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy diet: Loosing weight usually will cause your blood pressure to drop. In some people, lowering salt consumption will also help. If neither of these is enough, and for a lot of people they aren't, then you need to take your medication and follow up with your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The basics:: High blood pressure places you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Medications can lower the blood pressure, and many people need several medications to bring their BP down. Regular exercise, maintaining a normal weight, and watching your salt intake are extremely helpful measures. Remember that high blood pressure often has no symptoms; you must track it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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