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Q: I am 74 years old, My blood pressure this morning was 138 over 66, with a pulse rate of 66. Should I worry?

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3/15/11 5:41pm

Hi Jimmy,

 

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
Perfect!

 

A blood pressure of 138/66 mm Hg falls within the perhypertension range.

 

Here's a link to information you may want to review:

 

Normal resting heart rates

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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By jimmy d, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/15/11, First Published: 03/14/11