My Blood Pressure Is 173 Over 140 Should I Go To The Hospital

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Asked by santana

My Blood Pressure Is 173 Over 140 Should I Go To The Hospital

Answer

Hi Santana,

Yes, you need to seek medical care. If you are unable to contact your physician, I'd go to the ER or urgent care. Better safe than sorry.

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 blood pressure of 173/140 is in the Very High Range and not something to ignore.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD
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