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What Is Good Blood Presure
Myths: No. This would be a false myth. ...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
High BP: This blood pressure reading is high. Was it taken at rest? (not right after exercise or otherwise moving around, etc) are you overweight, such that your BP cuff might be small for your arm? If these conditions were not going on, you'd want to continue monitoring your BP & working with your physician on reducing it. Generally you want a BP no higher than 120/80. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A little high diasto: The lower number is called the diastolic and it is a littel high for your age. Age is an important part of defining high blood pressure. Also you need to see your physician to decide what else is involved with the assessment of your total health. blood pressure can be up for a variety of reasons like inheritance, kidney diease and other reasons. Your physician can help clarify this ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not too bad: Technically, we doctors like to keep the diastolic (lower pressure) below 90, and the systolic below 140. I would work on lowering your BP with a low salt diet and exercise, and check to see if your wt hasn't crept up also in the last two years! Our bodies need maintenance just like our cars do! See your mechanic/MD once yr for routine check ups! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: BP targets are generally set by a national group called the joint national committee, and they are getting ready to release jnc 8, an updated set of guidelines. Currently, they recommend a goal of under 140/90 if treated, except for those with diabetes or kidney disease, when the goal is under 130/80. Untreated BP is ideal at around 120/80, because heart risk goes up over 125/75. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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