I'm A Female Who Is 51 My Blood Pressure Is Now 152/72. Is That Normal?

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Asked by Laura Smith

I'm A Female Who Is 51 My Blood Pressure Is Now 152/72. Is That Normal?

I weigh 183lb. I am a active person. I am concerned with my top number. I have always been in the 120 something range. Thank you for your input.

Answer

Hi Laura,

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!

Your systolic (top number) is elevated and I recommend discussing treatment options with your physician.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD
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