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Posted by Ken on December 21, 2000 at 01:16:03:

In Reply to: teen with really high blood pressure posted by john fernandes on December 20, 2000 at 17:43:29:

: Hi Iam 16.I went to eckerds and took my blood pressure and it was 165/115 is that really high? . I never take my blood pressure but I decided to do it today. Iam not overweight, and I do excercise and Iam a male. Last year I got a physical and my bp was fine. well please help . Thanks for the time.also please tell of good bp sites that I can go to . thanks again

Dear John:

It sounds like you took your blood pressure at a commercial store by a BP machine available there and not a medical professional. Sometimes these BP machines are not maintained and may not give an accurate reading. Did you rest for at least 1 to 2 minutes before you started the machine? What you are measuring is your resting blood pressure. If you are rushing around, sit down at a BP machine and take it immediately, you will not get an accurate reading but a reading which is higher than normal.

For your age, your BP should be around 120/80. The threshold for high blood pressure, the medical name is hypertension, is 140/90 or higher.

I suggest you take your BP again, but not at the same place, rest at least a couple of minutes before taking it, take it, and if it is high, sit there another couple of minutes, take it again, and the lower reading of the two is your BP. Assuming you have not been under a lot of stress that day, you should then make an appointment with a primary care physician (family doctor) to have your BP taken by a medical professional. If it is found to be high, your doctor will take appropriate action including having your BP taken again another day to confirm that you really have developed high BP.

One good site to gain information on high blood pressure, hypertension, is that of The American Heart Assn. at Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide found on the left side of their home page, click on it, go to the "H" section, then click on "Hypertension". This should give you reliable information on this subject.


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