My Blood Pressure Is 141 Sys . 48 Dias. What It Means ? Do I Need To Be Worried About?

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Asked by Linda

My Blood Pressure Is 141 Sys . 48 Dias. What It Means ? Do I Need To Be Worried About?

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Hi Linda:

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!

If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure. A single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication for those with readings of 140/90 or higher.

Your systolic number is elevated but your diastolic number is below the norm. Generally speaking, low blood pressure is not considered a medical problem. However, if you experience symptoms that are bothersome you should meet with your medical care provider for an evaluation of your overall health.

Take care,

Tara, RN