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Monday, August 17, 2009 Kathy, Community Member, asks

Q: My blood pressure today was 145/89 and pulse 70. Is that ok?

My co-worker's blood pressure was 111/54 with pulse of 92.  We were wondering why her pulse is higher with a low blood pressure and mine was lower with a higher blood pressure.  I take medication to lower my blood pressure.  Are we Ok?  I am 51, she is 23.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
8/19/09 3:30pm

Hi Kathy,

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 systolic (top number) blood pressure of 145 puts you in the Stage 1 hypertension range.  I recommend being checked by your physician.  A blood pressure of 111/54 is within normal.


Here is an article that discusses blood pressure and heart rate:


The Connection Between Blood Pressure and Heart Rate


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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