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Old 12-31-2004, 02:32 PM   #1
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Question BP readings

What is the standard guideline as far as numbers for the pre-hypertension stage of blood pressure. I have seen various charts that state anything less than 120/80 is normal where as anything above that is the beginning stages of hypertension. I have taken my bp several times over a period of time and have averged out the readings and determined that they fall at the dividing line. Looking at some of the individual readings I have, some of them are low 130s, and occasionally I will get a systolic number of 139 or 140. I'm sure that I have nothing to worry about, but I am wondering since the average of the readings fall at the dividing line, should I just watch the readings more closely?

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Old 12-31-2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re: BP readings


Just keep an eye on it.

The latest JNC 7 guidelines deem below 120/80 as optimal.
BP falling in the range of 120-139/80-89 has a new name- "prehypertension".
It does not mean you have hypertension. It means you may be headed in that direction some day though. What the guidelines suggest is that lifestyle changes (NOT meds!) would be in order with numbers averaging in this range, so that you may possibly head off hypertension in the future.

You need not panic. You're fine.....Just monitor your BP from time to time (don't obsess!) and incorporate some of the following changes into your life if you haven't already:

Quit smoking, lose weight if overweight, go easy on alcohol consumption, exercise on a regular basis, modify your diet and eat less animal fats (red meat, butter etc.), favoring more fish and chicken, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lower sodium intake if possible to TOTAL 2400mg..that's basically 1 tsp. of salt (read labels carefully on pkged and canned goods).

Enjoy the rest of the holidays and if you need to, make that New Year's resolution list!

zuzu xx

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Old 01-02-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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Re: BP readings

Don't stress. B/P readings fluctuate throughout the day. I feel better when my B/P is 137/75 than 114/64, so everyone is different. They keep coming out with new guidelines. I guess that 50% of the population will have High B/P. Doc's like diagnosing High B/P, because it means more appointments & kick-backs from the meds.

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