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Q: When the systolic is in one category and diastolic in another (134/72) what is the blood pressure?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
6/11/10 12:35pm

Hi Mary,

 

Your blood pressure category is determined by the higher (or most elevated number).

 

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
Perfect!

 

As an example, a blood pressure of 134/72 mm Hg would fall within the prehypertension category.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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maria vila, Community Member
7/24/12 9:10pm

so is not a danger for my baby?

 

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maria vila, Community Member
7/24/12 9:07pm

is 132 over 72 normal for a pregnat women. thank you

 

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7/25/12 4:34pm

Hi Maria,

 

Yes, a blood pressure greater than 120/80 would be considered elevated. I'd discuss with your doctor (ob/gyn). You are not likely at a level that requires medical intervention, but you could potentially make some diet/lifestyle adjustments to maintain or lower your blood pressure. Your doctor will most likely want to monitor you regularly to ensure your levels don't increase further.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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