over the last couple of months I've noticed that it has gradually gotten higher, it is now 137/82 with a pulse rate of 108, nothing has changed in my day to day living, what could cause this, and should I be concerned?
Yes, a gradual rise in blood pressure is reason for concern. I recommend contacting your physician for an evaluation to determine the cause and steps you can take to return your blood pressure to normal levels.
The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories. Very High Range - Stage 2 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or highDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). High Range - Stage 1 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm HgIf in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). Caution Range - PrehypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg Take action! Normal Range - NormalSystolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg Perfect!
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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