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Q: blood pressure 150/117 should I be concerned?

I'm a diabetic type 2 and suffer with hypertension but meds have controlled it pretty well until today. At a ESA medical assesment today it came up as 150/117 should I be concerned? a week ago it was 120/80!


current daily meds:

lisinopril 10mg x 1

ezetimibe 10mg x 1

simvastatin 40mg x 2

propranolol hydrochloride 80mg x 1

omeprazole 20mg x 1

tramadol 50mg when needed


type 2 diabetes diet controlled 6.2 hba1c

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
6/ 6/09 2:24pm

Hi Eggle,


Yes, you should consult with your physician to determine appropriate treatment/monitoring.

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


A diastolic reading greater than 100 puts you in the very high range.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD

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eggle, Community Member
6/ 6/09 4:51pm

Thanks Lisa,

I've booked the GP for tuesday,

The practice nurse said it's proberbly a 'white reading' due to the stress and pressure of the medical but agreed it's needs checking with the GP.



Lyn, Community Member
4/ 7/10 2:57am

Yes eggle be concerned you are discribing stage 2 hypertension and with your other complications you need to discuss a new treatment plan with your doctor. 120/80 is stage 1 progression of any disease is cause for concern and immediate attitention. To ignore this would be perlious for you. Good luck!

Lyn, Community Member
4/ 7/10 3:02am

if white readings aren't normal for you it is unlikely the cause even if it is lower by the appt. you should still be watched closely and demand it from your doc.  They have told me before not to be alarmed but my average after 5 years is 190/100.  Now they are classifying me as treatment resistance and they have no idea what is causing this elevated bp in a 25-30 year old female!

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