Blood Pressure Reading Of 160/60 Should He Be Concerned?

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Asked by fly fifer

Blood Pressure Reading Of 160/60 Should He Be Concerned?

The last two readings of my husband's blood pressure are 160/60 and I wonder if we should be concerned about this. His pulse rate is also very low which is normal for him.

He is 63yrs of age and relatively fit. Should we be concerned about it.? Some ten years ago he was found to be very hypertensive but was controlled through medication but seems over the years it is getting lower and lower.

Any advise would be appreciated.

Regards,

Jean L. Barras

Answer

Hi Fly Fifer,

Yes, I recommend consulting his physician to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

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 systolic blood pressure of 160 mm Hg falls within Stage 2 Hypertension even though the diastolic blood pressure is within normal.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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