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Q: is 146/83 bad ?

blood pressure is 146/ that bad ?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
4/ 3/10 3:30pm

Hi Donethedishes,


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 blood pressure of 146/83 mm Hg falls within the Stage 1 (High) Range. I recommend discussing treatment options with your physician.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Laurie, Community Member
12/ 1/10 8:34am

I know blood pressure should be in the 120's over 60

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