• fly fifer fly fifer
    October 03, 2009
    Blood pressure reading of 160/60 should he be concerned?
    fly fifer fly fifer
    October 03, 2009

    The last two readings of my husband's blood pressure are 160/60 and I wonder if we should be concerned about this.  His pulse rate is also very low which is normal for him.

    He is 63yrs of age and relatively fit.  Should we be concerned about it.? Some ten years ago he was found to be very hypertensive but was controlled through medication but seems over the years it is getting lower and lower.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

     

    Regards,

     

    Jean L. Barras

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 05, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 05, 2009

    Hi Fly Fifer,

     

    Yes, I recommend consulting his physician to determine an appropriate treatment plan.


    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
    Perfect!

     

    A systolic blood pressure of 160 mm Hg falls within Stage 2 Hypertension even though the diastolic blood pressure is within normal.

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

     


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