My Blood Pressure Is 189/97 Should I Seek Medical Attition?

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Asked by James

My Blood Pressure Is 189/97 Should I Seek Medical Attition?

Answer

Hi James,

Yes, contact your MD as soon as possible for treatment.

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 189 puts you in the very high range and requires immediate attention.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD
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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN