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Old 01-16-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

Going to Dr. in 2 weeks and got one of those self-inflating digital monitors from Walmart. Is a BP of 139/90 too high? I have also had a cold lately and havn't been excercising too much but i generally eat healthy and don't drink or smoke, should i be too concerned?

 
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

Ususally the Dr. will want to treat 140/90 or above, you are certainly on the edge. Probably if you get over your cold and etc. you may be able to improve it. 120 to 140 is considered pre-hypertension and they usually don't prescribe meds.

 
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

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Is a BP of 139/90 too high?
Do you know what your blood pressure was the rest of the day? Was that your high for the day? Your low for the day? Average?

Blood pressure can vary quite a bit during the day.
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

Checked it tonite and its 126/88 is that OK?

 
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

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Checked it tonite and its 126/88 is that OK?
126/88 is a fairly healthy BP reading for a 50 year old, who is not on BP medication, IMHO. In order to really know what your blood pressure is doing you need to take it several times per day, for a few weeks, like in the morning, before lunch and before dinner. Throw in another before bed if you want more readings.

To me, a blood pressure that doesn't exceed 140/90, over a few weeks, without meds, is a fairly healthy blood pressure, as long as the heart is pumping as it should.
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

You need to take a few more readings and get your doctor's view. But basically if your
around 140/90 or less, don't take the medicine, if you're otherwise healthy. You should
take the other bp precautions, though, concerning diet and exercise, esp. losing weight and cutting back on the carbs. And regular exercise really well help some;
take your bp 15 mins after exercise for a feel-good experience.

 
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Re: Is a BP of 139/90 OK for a 50 yr old male?

You need to take a few more readings and get your doctor's view. But basically if your
around 140/90 or less, don't take the medicine, if you're otherwise healthy. You should
take the other bp precautions, though, concerning diet and exercise, esp. losing weight and cutting back on the carbs. And regular exercise really will help some;
take your bp 15 mins after exercise for a feel-good experience.

 
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