Re: New here, concerned about my increasing BP
As you get older, the systolic pressure (the first number) can increase, but this number should not exceed 140 no matter what your age. Your diastolic (the second number)should not exceed 90. In other words, the threshold for HBP is 140/90.
Usually, when your BP is in this neighborhood, doctors will first recommend, restricting salt in your diet, not more than 2,400 mgs per day, avoiding caffeine, regular exercise (cleared with your doctor), and if you are overweight, a low fat diet coupled with an exercise program. Many times this is enough to get your BP under control.
You should always take your BP at the same time each day in order to get a handle on your BP. You should rest about 5 minutes before taking your BP to make sure that your BP reading is a resting BP reading. In other words, you should be at complete rest before the first BP reading is taken or any subsequent readings.