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Q: I'm 35 and my blood pressure use to be very low, .

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?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
4/ 9/10 11:35am

Hi Msdroid,


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 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


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By Msdroid, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 04/09/10