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How To Tell If Your Blood Pressure Is High
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
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
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
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
Can you tell me the newly adopted standard number that represents the high normal systolic blood pressure rate?
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
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