Is A Blood Pressure Of 170/100 Too High?

Question

Asked by jacksondrew

Is A Blood Pressure Of 170/100 Too High?

I have recently been informed by my doctor that my blood pressure is 170/100. What does this mean? I have no history of high blood pressure. It does not exist in my family. What could be causing this, and how do I lower it?

Answer

The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories, and your blood pressure falls into this category:

"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)."

A blood pressure of 170/100 falls into the very high range. You should definitely follow up with your doctor about your blood pressure to see what kind of medication and lifestyle changes you can use to lower it. Untreated high blood pressure can greatly increase a person's risk of having a stroke and other health problems.

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