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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How long can you tolerate a blood pressure of 70/40?

How long can you tolerate a blood pressure of 70/40?

Not too long: If you blood pressure is really this low, you will eventually become unconscious due to a lack of blood flow to your brain. Other parts of your body, especially your intestines, can also suffer from the effects of low blood pressure. You should seek medical attention for this right away!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How long will it take for lebetalol to lower my blood pressure?

How long will it take for lebetalol to lower my blood pressure?

Depends: After starting labetalol, you should detect improvement in your BP within 1-2 weeks. If your BP remains elevated, you may require a higher dose. This should be followed closely by your obstetrician. Pregnancy and high blood pressure are not "good bed fellows".

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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.

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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.