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Q: my blood pressure is 138/89 and pulse 59 is this ok

im only 33 years old

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
2/22/09 12:20pm

Hi Kate,


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



A systolic blood pressure of 138 and a diastolic blood pressure of 89 puts you in the prehypertension range.  Use this as motivation to make diet and lifestyle changes to lower your levels now.  Also, discuss with your MD to determine if further treatment is needed.  Here's an article you may want to review:


High Blood Pressure: 9 Steps to Rein in Skyrocketing Numbers


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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