• blanche Garcia blanche Garcia
    September 03, 2009
    Is a blood pressure of 160/120 dangerous?
    blanche Garcia blanche Garcia
    September 03, 2009

    Is a blood pressure of 160/120 dangerous? I also am having dizziness and a tingling in my hands.



  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    September 06, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    September 06, 2009

    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories, and your reading falls into the Stage 2 Hypertension: 

    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).


    I recommend you contact your physician to discuss appropriate treatment options, including medication. There are also a number of lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure, including losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing your salt intake, and increasing the amount of exercise you do daily. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure greatly increases your risk for a stroke or a heart attack, so it's important to get it under control as soon as possible.


    Here are some articles you might find helpful in the meantime:


    Have High Blood Pressure? Don’t Eat These Foods


    7 Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Risk of a Blood Clot


    Not Overweight, But Still At Risk for Heart Disease



  • Srinivas May 13, 2010
    May 13, 2010

    My doctor tells me it is. But I have been living with this atleast 5 years (that was when I checked in Walmart)


    He gave me Targit, a capsule a day and asked me to make lifestyle changes.



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