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Friday, December 18, 2009 Mrbulldog30, Community Member, asks

Q: I have been getting some high B>P readings in the last little wile

my last reading was 156/86 so I stoped taking my concerta hoping this will help but I'm sure it has more to do with my weight than the meds or a combination of the 2. I weigh aprox 310lbs at 5ft7in and have gained 110 lbs since 2002 when I injuerd my neck at work and have been worried about my B"P and will bring it up at my next visit DR but just how bad is 156/83?
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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
12/23/09 12:14pm

Hi Mr.bulldog30,


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 156/86 falls within Stage 1 hypertension.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By Mrbulldog30, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/21/10, First Published: 12/18/09