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Posted by David on December 15, 1999 at 14:58:08:

In Reply to: high blood pressure...new to this posted by dina sorensen on December 13, 1999 at 13:06:31:

: hi all..i am 31 years old and have been recently diagnosed with high blood pressure. i am on zestril only 5 mg, but they are going to increase it becuase it it not working effectively enough for them ...my initial readings were about 160/110 and now they are down to 150/98. is this really high? is 160/110 really bad? my doctor is not really telling me a whole lot and i'm kinda lost..any info would be appreciated..thanks...dina

Anything above 140/80 is considered high according to the Joint National Committee - VI Giudelines. Also, its the top number (the systolic) that is becoming more understood in terms of cardiovascular risk. You should heed medical advice and watch your diet, exercise and take your medication as directed by your physician. By lowering your BP to 140/90, medical evidence suggests that you will lower your risk of stroke and heart attack by two-fold. Good Luck

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