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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Mehmed Subasic, Community Member, asks

Q: my blood preasure is 178 over 67 is that bad if it is why is that

im 17 years old i eat right dont get alot of exercise

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1/ 1/12 7:00am

Hi Mehmed Subasic:

 

Here is the American Heart Association guidelines:

 

Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80

Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89 High Blood Pressure

Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99 High Blood Pressure

II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher

Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110.

 

"If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure. A single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication for those with readings of 140/90 or higher."

 

Hope this helps you out,

Take care,

Tara

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1/ 1/12 7:07am

Hi Mehmed Subasic:

 

Here is a link also discussing causes of high blood pressure and reviews lifestyle changes to help lower blood pressure.

 

Hypertension

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1/ 1/12 9:51pm

Hi Mehmed Subasic:

 

This link should work if the previous link did not:

 

HYPERTENSION

 

Thanks,

Tara

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By Mehmed Subasic, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/02/13, First Published: 12/20/11