• carolyn boynton carolyn boynton
    June 03, 2013
    my blood pressure is 124 over 60 is that normal or do I need to call my doctor
    carolyn boynton carolyn boynton
    June 03, 2013

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  • Tara Aschenbrenner, RN
    Health Guide
    June 05, 2013
    Tara Aschenbrenner, RN
    Health Guide
    June 03, 2013

    Hi Carolyn Boynton:

     

    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!

     

    Your one blood pressure reading looks fairly good. The top (systolic) number does fall in the prehypertension range. Doctors prefer for blood pressure to be monitored over a fair amount of time to see if you always run in the prehypertension range or above or below. It is natural for your bodies blood pressure to vary throughout the day. I've attached the following link with more information on blood pressure's:

     

    Hypertension: Patient Guide

     

    Take care,

    Tara, RN


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