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Doctor insights on: How To Tell If Your Blood Pressure Is High

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How can you tell if your blood pressure is very high?

How can you tell if your blood pressure is very high?

See doctor: Your family doctor can check your blood pressure, and some drug stores have machines that screen for high blood pressure. If your pressure is high it needs to be treated, because it can lead to kidney failure, stroke and heart attacks. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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Can there be another way to tell if your blood pressure is high other than having it measured?

Can there be another way to tell if your blood pressure is high other than having it measured?

Blood pressure: The only way to know for sure is to measure it. There are some physical signs associated but they are not specific. ...Read more

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How could a person tell if their blood pressure is high?

How could a person tell if their blood pressure is high?

Silent Killer: High blood pressure is a hidden disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. This may take many years but if not treated can cause irreversible damage. High BP on its own will not cause symptoms unless it is so high as to lead to brain damage or stroke ('malignant hypertension'). It is critical to get BP checked regularly and treated if too high. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my blood pressure is high cuz my blood pressure 128/86 pluse104?

How can I tell if my blood pressure is high cuz my blood pressure 128/86 pluse104?

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

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Can you tell me is my blood pressure high?

Can you tell me is my blood pressure high?

Blood pressure: Out here we are not necessarily blessed with the ability to read peoples status magically. To tell if you have high blood pressure you need to go to medical facility and have it measured. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the newly adopted standard number that represents the high normal systolic blood pressure rate?

Can you tell me the newly adopted standard number that represents the high normal systolic blood pressure rate?

Higher: In early 2014, results from a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) made a recommendation for high blood pressure treatment for seniors above 60 to commence at the 150/90 mmHg reading, rather than the current definition of 140/90 ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to lower my blood pressure as it is extremely high?

Can you tell me how to lower my blood pressure as it is extremely high?

Yes: Avoid salt, attain or at least move towards ideal body weight, and faithfully take any medicines that your doctor prescribes to lower your BP. Good luck - BP can always be controlled if you're motivated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how high can blood pressure go before you'd get concerned?

Can you tell me how high can blood pressure go before you'd get concerned?

Me personally?: Well, I start getting concerned when the BP is elevated so once it's averaging >140/90, I like to suggest treatment. It's not an emergency though until someone has symptoms (pulmonary edema, angina, encephalopathy). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to reduce your blood pressure numbers from high to normal?

Please tell me how long it takes for to reduce your blood pressure numbers from high to normal?

Which treatment?: Medication can work immediately, though if starting very high like 170 we have to bring it down gradually. Diet (avoiding salt and sweets) works within 1-2 weeks. Other lifestyle changes (regular exercise, weight loss, stress management) take a longer but are worth it because they are so healthy and reduce the need for medication. ...Read more