• sandy sandy
    September 03, 2009
    Can high blood pressure cause stroke?
    sandy sandy
    September 03, 2009

    My boyfriend is 40 years old with a history of congestive heart failure and family history of heart attacks. He is overweight by 80 lbs and has high blood pressure. His doctor says losing weight will fix the issue, but in the meantime he continues to have high blood pressure levels (156/122) with a pulse of 102. He recently had a stress test and ekg with no abnormalities. Should we be concerned that this could cause a stroke?

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

    Hi Sandy,


    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!

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure


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