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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What is considered low blood pressure?

What is considered low blood pressure?

Just a number: Well 120/80 has been considered average. Under 100 is getting low. But what is more important is how do you feel. If you feel well, i would not worry about a low blood pressure. Actually people with a low blood pressure live longer. I have seen patients with a pressure of 80/60 who feel quite well. ...Read more

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What is considered a high blood pressure and what is considered a low blood pressure?

What is considered a high blood pressure and what is considered a low blood pressure?

There is a range: Generally the diastolic (lower number) must be over 90 to consider it hypertension. The range for the upper number (systolic) is broader but is a problem when over 130. The low end is about 50 diastolic but tolerance for this varies. ...Read more

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What is too low blood pressure considered?

What is too low blood pressure considered?

Hypotension : Low BP is considered ok unless you have symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness. ...Read more

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What is considered low blood pressure and what would be considered high blood pressure?

What is considered low blood pressure and what would be considered high blood pressure?

Relative: Low blood pressure would, i suppose, be defined by most of us as a mean pressure < 50-60mmhg (big number + 2*small number / 3 is a rough estimate) but the clinical answer is that unless you're symptomatic (dizzy, lightheaded, passing out) almost any BP is ok. High is any systolic number that is usually > 140 or bottom usually > 90. ...Read more

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What is high blood pressure?

What is high blood pressure?

What is high BP?: A level of blood pressure that has been proven to shorten ones life and a level of BP that if treated prolongs ones life. The best is to be below120/80. However for treatment we use 135/85 at home as high. At your age above 135/85 at home would be consider HTN that needs to be lowered. Always try DASH diet first. ...Read more

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What is a high blood pressure?

What is a high blood pressure?

Persistent > 140/90: Your blood pressure is recorded as two figures. For example, 150/95 mm Hg. High Blood pressure is persistent readings greater than 140/90. This can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Self-help: Lose weight, exercise, eat healthily, reduce alcohol, caffeine and salt. Still high: See your doctor you may need as many as three or four medications for high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is high blood pressure and what is low blood pressure?

What is high blood pressure and what is low blood pressure?

Some people tolerate: "higher" #'s & others "lower" #'s. I've always thought normal was about 90-110/60-70.. Major organizations use different #'s, go to american heart association to see what they say (which i disagree with). www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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When is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

When is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

Causes fainting: When your blood pressure is too low, you do not get enough oxygen to your brain and people feel lightheaded, dizzy or like they are going to faint. That is dangerous, but the most common cause of low blood pressure is not enough fluids or dehydration. If you are still having low blood pressure and feeling dizzy after drinking at least 64 oz per day, then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is considered high blood pressure in teens?

What is considered high blood pressure in teens?

Teen BP: Among adults, there are clear numerical guidelines for diagnosis, but this is not true for teenagers. This is mostly because teenagers do not have the same risks (such as a heart attack) as adults. As with adults, adolescents with BP levels greater than or equal to 120/80 mmHg should be considered prehypertensive. “Hypertension is defined as average SBP and/or DBP that is greater than or equal to the 95th percentile for sex, age, and height on three or more occasions” “Prehypertension in children is defined as average SBP or DBP levels that are greater than or equal to the 90th percentile, but less than the 95th percentile” ...Read more

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What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

It depends: How low is too low depends on the person, but for most people anything below 90/60 is considered too low. Common symptoms of low BP are lightheadedness, vision change, unsteadiness, fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these, see your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a high blood pressure fraction?

What is a high blood pressure fraction?

Systolic / Diastolic: The top number is the systolic and the bottom number is the diastolic. For adults, over 140 for the top or 90 for the bottom is usually considered too high. The number is not a fraction itself, this is just how it is denoted in the medical community. ...Read more

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What is low blood pressure?

What is low blood pressure?

90/60: Low blood pressure is generally anything under 90/60. This may be normal for diminutive female but if this blood pressure is new or is associated with symptoms it deserves evaluation. ...Read more

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What is considered low blood pressure that is still healthy?

What is considered low blood pressure that is still healthy?

Depends on symptoms: A symptomatic pt will require a full work up with full h&p with labs holter , echo, tilt table etc. Once a likely diagnosis is found a taylored therapy can implemented.If no symptoms then no treatment is neccesary. ...Read more

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What drug is best old patients when systolic blood pressure is high and diastolic blood pressure is either normal or low?

What drug is best  old patients when systolic blood pressure is high and diastolic blood pressure is either normal or low?

Many options: Physician will MAP out plan & monitor therapies....Fyi systolic BP tends to be of more importance than diastolic. ...Read more

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Which blood pressure number is considered high?

Which blood pressure number is considered high?

120/80: Hypertnsion falls into four general categories: normal 120/80, prehypertension with BP from 120 to 139 mm hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm hg. Prehypertension tends to get worse over time , stage 1 from 140 to 159 mm hg or a diastolic pressure ranging from 90 to 99 mm hg and stage 2 hypertension is a systolic pressure of 160 mm hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 100 or higher. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Newer recommendations state that greater than 130/80 should be considered high blood pressure. ...Read more