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Q: What is normal bp for a 40 yr old male.

my boyfriend is 40 years old with a history of chf and family history of heart attacks. he is overweight by 80 lbs. His blood pressure is high. His doctor only says to lose weight. However; recently, he had a bp of 156/122 pulse 102. 

That seem extremely high and at stroke levels to me. At what point is to high? Should we be concerned. He recently had a stress test and ekg with no abnormalities.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
9/ 6/09 7:34pm

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


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By sandy, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 09/03/09