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Posted by Ken on September 30, 2000 at 20:08:08:

In Reply to: What is too high? Need advice! posted by Cindy L. on September 29, 2000 at 14:36:28:

: My bp is 130/90. Is that too high? I don't want to take medication - I don't need to lose weight, my diet is ok, but I drink moderately . What should I do?

Generally speaking, 140/90 or higher is considered high blood pressure (hypertension). However, if you have a high risk for heart disease, and hypertension is one risk factor, your doctor may want your pressure no higher than 135/85.

Your diastolic (second number)is considered high no matter what your age. However, if your resting blood pressure reading does not exceed 130/90 it is probably not high enough for a doctor to put you medication to lower it. Generally in these cases, a doctor will first advise to limit salt (sodium) in your diet. Examples are pickles, bacon, sausage, many soups that average 900 to 1000 mgs of sodium - there are lower salt soups which still taste good that average no more than 500 mgs of sodium per serving. Another recommendation is a regular exercise program, aerobic type, but again, any exercise program should first be cleared with your doctor because I don't know your medical history or individual circumstances.

Also, if you are overweight, discuss with your doctor to get your weight under control since this will also help to lower your blood pressure.

I recommend you visit the web site of The American Heart Assn. at http://www.americanheart.org. Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide and look up hypertension or high blood pressure. This should give you all the information you need.

Ken


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