Is 150/90 Blood Pressure Too High?

Question

Asked by meera

Is 150/90 Blood Pressure Too High?

my dad had dizziness a couple of times and the blood pressure recorded was 150/90.he is 53 yrs old and weighs 70 kg. his height is 5'8''.is this too high to be worried? they took an x-ray and told there is a slight possibility of spontelitis.they suggested for a MRI scan this weekend.is there anything to worry on this.

Answer

Hi Meera,

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 150/90 mm Hg falls within Stage 1 hypertension. I recommend your dad follow through with his doctor recommendations to determine potential causes and appropriate treatment if necessary.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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