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160/110 is this blood pressure heart attack territory?

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Old 08-21-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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160/110 is this blood pressure heart attack territory?

I'm a 6'3 38 year old guy, 250 pounds- my ideal weight is around 200.
I just checked my blood pressure- it read 160/110

Holy crap! Someone told me that this means I could drop dead any second- is it really that high? Do I need to go to an emergency room? i feel fine...

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Old 08-21-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: 160/110 is this blood pressure heart attack territory?

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because, often, there are no symptoms and people "feel fine".

However, a single reading of 160/110 doesn't mean you have high blood pressure. It does mean that you need to have your blood pressure checked

1. by someone who is trained to take blood pressure readings.
2. with an instrument used to take your readings that is calibrated/accurate.
3. on two or more occasions to get a better picture of whether or not your
bp is CONSISTENTLY over 120/80
4. to rule out other causes of temporary high readings--otc meds, alcohol, smoking, pain, salt overload, etc.

But yes, a reading that high, if accurate, is reason to be concerned and medical care professionals should be consulted.


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Old 08-21-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: 160/110 is this blood pressure heart attack territory?

Hey... these numbers look familiar. I was 32 when my Doc got a reading of 160/110 on me. That's exactly what he asked me, "Are you trying to get a heart attack?"

He put me on blood pressure meds right away.

Go see your Doctor.

Stay on BP meds while you lose some weight. With enough exercise and weight loss, you could get off the BP meds.

Old 08-28-2007, 08:17 PM   #4
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Re: 160/110 is this blood pressure heart attack territory?

Don't panic, Titanic. I was just reading about this doctor's grandmother. She went to the doc before docs became obsessed with blood pressure. Her BP knocked his machine off the charts - 300 over 100. That was before BP medications so the doc just laughed and said, hey if you're feeling good, don't worry about it. She lived into her 90's, finally dying of cancer

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