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What Is Good Blood Presure
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
Captopril v Capapril: Assuming you mean Captopril, which is one of many ACE inhibitors, then yes, it's good for treating/lowering high blood pressure. However, because it needs to be taken several times a day, we usually prescribe something like Lisinopril instead. The good news is that they're relatively inexpensive, say $4/mo. ACE inhibitors also protect your heart & kidneys if you have heart failure and/or diabetes. ...Read more
Yes but only if . . : We normally state that best blood pressure is the lowest one can tolerate while standing upright w/o feeling faint, weak, dizzy or woozy. Or something like that. In other words, as long as you're asymptomatic (feeling just fine), don't worry about lower numbers. But if numbers are high (greater than 140-150/90) despite being asymptomatic, then we worry about stroke, heart failure & chronic kidney ...Read more
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
Generally bad: Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. However high blood pressure begins anything over 140/90. Anybody can have an occasional elevation. But as you can see, that number is elevated. If repeated measurements are elevated that would indicate that you have high blood pressure and should be treated. We treat when there are 2-3 elevated readings on different days at different times. ...Read more
Depends: Low blood pressure is generally desirable, but if there is lightheadedness with position change or other symptoms of low blood pressure, need to ensure no underlying problems- low thyroid, or low cortisol, or slow heart rate. Need to ensure good hydration status, consider liberalizing salt intake. Compression stockings can be quite helpful. Some medications may include midodrine or florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read more
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