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Q: Have been taking 2 blood pressure pills to control high BP for several years. Average 124 / 85. Last several days with 3 readings per its been 170's / 120s. Whats going on? and what do I need to do?

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1/23/13 3:38pm

Hi Larry:


You need to go in and be assessed right away if your readings are diastolic number is still greater than 110.  Your doctor can determine why the sudden rise in blood pressure, but you do need to be treated.

American Heart Association Recommendations are as follows:
Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80
Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89 High Blood Pressure
Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99 High Blood Pressure
Stage II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110.


You are at increased risk for heart conditions and stroke with your elevated blood pressure readings.


Best Regards,

Tara, RN

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By larry, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/23/13, First Published: 01/17/13