• D Fearnley D Fearnley
    January 14, 2009
    I have a BP of 178/89 is this acceptable
    D Fearnley D Fearnley
    January 14, 2009
    I have been suffering with Headaches at the base and rear of the head . I am also waking a number of times throughout the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep. I am aged 79. READ MORE

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 14, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 14, 2009

    Hi D,

     

    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 179 puts you in the very high range and requires immediate attention.  Even though your diastolic (bottom number) is considered prehypertensive. 

     

    I recommend you consult your MD about your symptoms (headaches and insomnia) and to develop the best treatment plan.

     

    All the best,

     

    Lisa Nelson, RD

    Diet to Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally


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