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Q: my blood pressure is 134/96 is this bad? and what does it mean?

im 31 yr old female i have been a little stressed lately but i past out this morning and my bp and pulse was 134/92 and 96 what does it mean?
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1/ 5/11 3:06pm

Hi Mommamia,


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 blood pressure of 134/92 falls within Stage 1 hypertension. I recommend discussing with your physician to determine if this is related to recent stress and you can work to lower or something more long term that requires treatment.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By mommamia, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/05/11, First Published: 01/03/11