I went to the doctor for cough medicine, and when he checked my BP, it was 160/110.
The Doctor told me to start medication. I am healthy not overweight but have had an irregular diet for the last 2-3 months and didn't do much exercise. I also have some tension and stress but not a great amount.
Can you please advise?
The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories. Very High Range - Stage 2 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or highDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). High Range - Stage 1 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm HgIf in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). Caution Range - PrehypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg Take action! Normal Range - NormalSystolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg Perfect!
A blood pressure of 160/110 falls within the Stage 2 Hypertension range and requires immediate treatment. If you are hesitant to begin medication I recommend working with your physician to monitor your blood pressure levels as you make aggressive changes to lower your levels over the next few weeks. The DASH Diet is a very effective tool to see results within 14 days:
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I recommend weighing the pros/cons of your treatment options with your physician to determine the appropriate choice for you.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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