My Bp Was Taken Yesterday By Dr And Was 170/84. Took It Today And It Is 173/99...suggestions?

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My Bp Was Taken Yesterday By Dr And Was 170/84. Took It Today And It Is 173/99...suggestions?

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Hi RMB:

I recommend you discussing further with physician on what his/her suggestions are. If your blood pressure is normally this elevated there is reason to be concerned. I have listed below a couple sites that discuss ways to lower your blood pressure that you may find interesting.

Here is the American Heart Association guidelines:

Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80

Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89

High Blood Pressure Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99

High Blood Pressure Stage II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher

Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110.

"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." (American Heart Association)

Here are a few links with further information on lowering you blood pressure.

5 Simple Steps to Reduce High Blood Pressure Without Medications

Hypertension

Take care,

Tara