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Is Blood Pressure 160 100 Dangerous
Given my age and weight, why is my blood pressure 176/100? What should I do to lower it and how dangerous is just ignoring it?
A problem: A b/p consistantly over 140/90 is considered a problem and should be reduced. Recently, the levels of b/p considered a problem have been decreasing, and generally the lower the better (within reason). Discuss with your doctor ways to lower your b/p such as lifestyle changes, diet, or medication. ...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
What number would blood pressure be considered dangerous? I came home after work and minutes later checked it and it was 140/100 : (worried about it
140/90: This is the highest acceptable reading. You should see your doctor. ...Read more
It depends...: Numbers are just numbers... and mean little without context (without knowing the big picture). 86/41 is normal for younger children. It is too low for a person who gets lightheaded from low blood pressure. It is too low for adults. Whether it's dangerous depends on what the person's usual blood pressure is, how fast the pressure changes happened, and whether there are symptoms or past disorders. ...Read more
Caveman like...: 90/50 is the pressure we'd all have if we lived in a salt-free environment and got plenty of exercise. The only danger of this BP is when the body is chronically used to a much higher one, or the patient is elderly or with a compromised autonomic nervous system (as in with parkinsons) where standing rapidly can cause dizziness or, at worst, passing out. ...Read more
High blood pressure causes problem by causing a little damage to your vessels each time your heart beats. It is this chronic damage that results in heart attacks strokes and kidney problems.
Looking at what is a dangerous level is all about drama. A dangerous level is 85/50. It means you are in shock. ...Read more
Pressure: Blood pressure is the force that blood is pumped into your arteries. It is obviously important to have enough pressure to supply oxygen and other nutrients to your organs, but a pressure that is too low can cause dizziness, syncope, or death. A pressure that is too high increased your risk for heart attack, heart failure, renal failure, and stroke. ...Read more
Blood pressure: The heart pumps blood through the arteries which then passes thru capillaries into the veins and back to the heart. The flow of blood through the arteries opposed by the resistance of the arteries and runoff produces hemodynamic pressure in systole and diastole. When the resistance is too high it forces the pressure to be too high which causes kidney, vascular and heart problems from the pressure ...Read more
Stage 2 hypertension: Your patient's BP is > 160 mm of mercury, that is called stage 2 hypertension. Pt with hypertension of that degree are at increased risk to develop heart and kidney failure as well as strokes. You husband needs to see a physician to start hypertensive treatment as soon as possible. He also needs to reduce weight, stop cigarette smoking and control his diabetes, if he has any of those risk factors. ...Read more
It's not the numbers: A normal BP is less than or equal to 135 on top and 85 on bottom. The lower, the better unless you're dizzy or passing out. Some very healthy people normally run a BP of 80-90 on the top number and that's fine. High bps increase long term risk. Very high bps (like >200/>110) that are also associated with symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness or confusion are considered an emergency. ...Read more
Concerning: Its not dangerous, but concerning, however to diagnose high blood pressure we need more than one reading, and your son should be relaxed with no stress when he does them, if he has multiple blood pressure readings that are consistently elevated, then he should see a doctor... ...Read more
Is 67/33 dangerous for blood pressure? What could happen if stays that way? Please let me know I cannot find out blood pressure info please explain what the numbers mean....
If that blood pressure is accurate it is very low. If too large a blood pressure cuff was used, it can give you a blood pressure reading that seems very low, but is inaccurate. If your blood pressure is too low to keep blood pumping well in the body it can lead to lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, a heart attack or inadequate elimination of waste by the kidneys.
The the top number is called your systolic blood pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. The beating heart contracts to push blood through your arteries. This force can be measured as your systolic blood pressure. The diastolic blood pressure is pressure in the arteries between beats of the heart. If you really have a blood pressure of 67/33 I think you need medical care. I recommend that you get your blood pressure tested by a medical person using a correct sized cuff. If you have low blood pressure and you feel sick - I would get medical help now. ...Read more
See psychiatrist: I imagine there is some reason for your concern to be checking your BP frequently. Blood pressure checks are non-invasive and harmless, so the only thing that frequent BP checks will do is waste your time if the BP is normal. Your anxiety may be the reason for abnormal BP's, so you need to find a way to relieve your anxiety safely. I suggest you discuss your stress issues with an MD, seek relief ...Read more
My blood pressure is very extreme. It was 156/95 one morning and in the afternoon 90/49. Is that dangerous?
NO: It's not dangerous but it's hard to treat. I would want to rule out artifact - is the high pressure at complete rest? Is it measured at your medication's nadir? Is the low one measured at your medication's peak? Are you representing unusual extremes of of your blood pressure swings? Everyone has swings of their blood pressure but not so extreme and not that often. ...Read more
Please help me! I overdosed on caffeine 7 hours ago, and my blood pressure increased by 90 points (from 120 to 210 systolic). Can this be dangerous?
Caffeine should be used in small doses only. It is a powerful cardiac stimulant and should not be abused. By now the effect is probably gone but you should not test it again.
If you do not feel well and your BP is 210, you belong in the er (in spite of being 18yo)
do not abuse your body. It is not indestructible. ...Read more
When I have a panic attack my blood pressure goes up to 170/100. This lasts for about 30 min then goes dien to normal. Could this be dangerous?
Yes: Please talk to your family doctor about this. This is not that common in panic disorder and makes me wonder what your baseline BP is. If you were my patient I would consult with an internist or cardiologist to try to find out why this was happening and to see what could be done to prevent high blood pressure spikes in the future. Makes me wonder about whether you could have a pheochromocytoma. ...Read more
Newest guidelines: Suggest that 140/90 is the upper limit of normal. ...Read more
A blood pressure of 185/115 could absolutely be fatal or it could be something that someone could live with for a long time and not have any symptoms. That's the problem with high blood pressure; there are almost always no symptoms. That is until someone who has had a blood pressure of 160/90 or 185/115 suddenly can't speak or walk, because he's having a stroke that, if not fatal, could wind him up in a wheelchair and diapers for the rest of his life. I've seen far too many patients in their 50's and 40's even in that same, desperately sad situation.
Human beings are not destined to live to 82. Without vaccines, sanitation, antibiotics, and (yes) blood pressure medication, we'd all be happy to make it to age 45. The average lifespan in 19th century london was 27 years old.
Our bodies are amazing things, but they're not perfect. Even the healthiest eating, most vigorous exercising person can have a blood pressure that is higher than it should be to avoid dying from heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or succumbing to blindness.
If you have high blood pressure but decide that you don't want to take medication because of side effects or because you want to live more naturally, I fully support that. But realize that naturally, most of us would already be dead.
I see patients who down handfuls of vitamins multiple times a day, who refuse to treat their elevated blood pressure. There has never been a single study that shows that any vitamin supplementation regimen reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, yet the studies that show that high blood pressure medications do all that and more would fill the typical town library to capacity. These are old medications. Some have been around for fifty years. They've proven themselves safe and effective. Most all are generic, so you don't have to worry about your doctor being influenced by a seductive drug rep to push pills on you. Untreated high blood pressure is one of the biggest public health problems in this country, and it causes hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.
So, yes, a blood pressure of 185/115 can kill. It could kill you in an hour or a decade, but the great thing is, you don't really have to ask that question, because there are effective, safe ways to lower it, and in turn increase your chance of living the lifespan that modern science has given us the chance to attain. ...Read more
Hello, there is little information here. Although it differs by age, a general idea about blood pressures follows. The first number is the systolic pressure and the second number is the diastolic blood pressure. These are measured in millimeters of mercury. You donâ€™t use one blood pressure reading to make a diagnosis. Normal = less than 120/80. Pre-hypertension = 120-139/ 80 -89. Hypertension (stage 1) = 140-159/ 90 â€” 99. Hypertension (stage 2) = greater than 160/ 100. Both hypertensive crisis and hypertensive emergency are greater than 180 / 120 with evidence of acute organ damage differentiating between the two.
Hypertension urgencies are marked elevations of bp, (often with blood pressure higher than 180/110 mm hg) and the person may have a headache, shortness of breath or swelling in their feet as well as possible chronic end organ damage.
There are many unkowns here. Is the blood pressure cuff the correct size? Are these repeated measurements? Is the person being treated for hypertension? Is the person markedly emotionally upset or in significant pain?
If the measuremets are accurate, 185/ 115 is dangerous and medical attention should be sought. If the blood pressure has not come back down/ there are symptoms, that person should be seen at the emergency room. ...Read more
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
Dangerous: Depends on if you have other health problems. For an elderly person with heart disease or other vascular problems, a blood pressure of 70/30 could be fatal. For someone young and healthy, it could be tolerated very well. Yes, IV morphine will quite likely cause a drop in blood pressure. ...Read more
Can checking your blood pressure too many times in a row/day be dangerous, like release an embolism?
No: A normal person with normal blood vessels can check her blood pressure several times a day without concern about causing any problems. She cannot release a blood clot unless there is already a blood clot sitting in her blood vessel (which a normal person does not have). Also, people who worry a lot about their blood pressure numbers often cause their numbers to increase due to their own worrying. ...Read more
Is a blood pressure of 163/99 dangerous for someone who has high blood pressure? I'm alway told im border line
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
My grandma has to take her pill for her high blood pressure. But when she sees that her pressure is good she does not take her pill. Is that dangerous?
Yes: Tell her that she should take her meds as directed everyday. ...Read more
Probably not: If this is a new finding or represents a significant change, it might be concerning, but it usually would produce symptoms in that case. Lower blood pressure is generally protective and not usually concerning if there are no symptoms, although she may have more of a tendency to get dizzy easily, especially with position changes. ...Read more
Depends: Low blood pressure is only dangerous if it is impairing adequate oxygen delivery to meet the needs of vital organs of the body, or if it signifies an underlying process that is dangerous if it worsens (e.g. Diffuse bacterial infection, or toxin poisoning). The actual number, in and of itself, is not dangerous if all organs remain working fine. ...Read more
It is relative: The most important factor to label somebody has low blood pressure is to know his baseline. If somebody is having blood pressure of say 80/50 mmhg for years and does not have any symptom at all. This should not be considered necessarily a bad idea. On the other hand if a person who had blood pressure of 140 /90 came to you with blood pressure of 80/60, it should be cause for conmen. ...Read more