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Q: my blood pressure is 124 over 60 is that normal or do I need to call my doctor

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6/ 5/13 12:28am

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


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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By carolyn boynton, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/05/13, First Published: 06/03/13