If The Bp Reading Is 143/69 What Does It Mean?i Am On High Bp Medicastion Since Last 5 Years. I Have

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Asked by Joselin

If The Bp Reading Is 143/69 What Does It Mean?i Am On High Bp Medicastion Since Last 5 Years. I Have

I am under treatment for diabetes and hypothyroid.

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Hi Joselin,

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 143/69 mm Hg falls within the Stage 1 hypertension range. I recommend continuing to monitor your blood pressure to learn your average blood pressure throughout the day and discuss with your physician to determine if your treatment plan needs to be adjusted. I also encourage you to make diet and lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure which will increase the effectiveness of your medication.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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