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Thursday, September 03, 2009 blanche Garcia, Community Member, asks

Q: 160/120 is this dangerous

dizzy, tingling in my hands

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
9/ 6/09 7:33pm

Hi Blanche,

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
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Normal Range - Normal
Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg


A blood pressure of 160/120 falls within the very high range - Stage 3 hypertension.  I recommend you contact your physician to discuss appropriate treatment options.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Srinivas, Community Member
5/12/10 11:02pm

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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