• kate kate
    February 18, 2009
    my blood pressure is 138/89 and pulse 59 is this ok
    kate kate
    February 18, 2009

    im only 33 years old

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    February 22, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    February 22, 2009

    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

                Perfect!

     

    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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