Blood Pressure 150/117 Should I Be Concerned?

Question

Asked by eggle

Blood Pressure 150/117 Should I Be Concerned?

I'm a diabetic type 2 and suffer with hypertension but meds have controlled it pretty well until today. At a ESA medical assesment today it came up as 150/117 should I be concerned? a week ago it was 120/80!

current daily meds:

lisinopril 10mg x 1

ezetimibe 10mg x 1

simvastatin 40mg x 2

propranolol hydrochloride 80mg x 1

omeprazole 20mg x 1

tramadol 50mg when needed

type 2 diabetes diet controlled 6.2 hba1c

Answer

Hi Eggle,

Yes, you should consult with your physician to determine appropriate treatment/monitoring.

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!

A diastolic reading greater than 100 puts you in the very high range.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD

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