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Old 11-09-2002, 02:26 PM   #1
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i was at the hospital visiting my friend
and the nurse was taking every ones bp she said would i like mine done i said yes it was 146/86 she said that was high about 6 months ago it was 146/91 but never paid much attention to it as i did not no if it was high or low im 34 5.7 and 160 pounds . i run 3miles 3 days a week so i think im fit is 146/86 normal many thanks

 
Old 11-10-2002, 07:55 AM   #2
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yes 146 is kinda high, i am not dr but im 15 and i have had hbp for 3 yrs and mine ran WAY over that!!!

91 is good on the other hand!!!!

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Old 11-12-2002, 10:32 AM   #3
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Actually, systolic above 140 is categorized as hypertension, as well as diastolic above 90. What I cannot understand is that why no health care worker alerted you about your high blood pressure. They should have told you what the numbers mean, and how you can get help. But also remember that if you were doing something, like walking quickly, before your blood pressure was measured, it has an effect on the measurement. You should sit still for 15 minutes before taking the blood pressure. I recommend you to see a doctor about this.

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Well, according to Sixth Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (1997) 146/86 is considered stage 1 hypertension. It's my guideline always when I assess blood pressure.

But a fact is that we are individuals. For some people it is normal to have a BP of 146/86 cuz they have always had that high a BP, and then it can be said that it's normal for them. But if you have had a lower BP before, and now have this high, and it keeps being high, then you have hypertension.

BTW, it's true that nurses and docs never have the time to re-check the BP, and it's a shame.

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Checking your blood pressure several times in the same arm can actually cause a higher reading. And, sometimes that happens even if you change arms.

But it's true that it should be checked when you've been at rest for several minutes or more. Blood pressure is quite labile (meaning it's constantly changing), so if it's high at rest, then you know it's going to go even higher upon exertion.

I believe here in the States a systolic of 146 is definitely considered slightly high. A diastolic of 86 is borderline high.

 
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donpt be fooled by thinking that if you're fit your bp is ok. I lift weights, run, eat right and don't smoke and my bp hangs around 140/90. I'm monitroing it, but thinking about taking a low dose diuretic.

 
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Also, another very important factor when someone else is taking your blood pressure.....particularly if you are in a seated position...RELAX YOUR ARM. Let it go limp as the health-care person supports it. You can get an abnormally high reading if you tense or stiffen your arm.

 
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