I'm 50 And A Half Years Old, I Just Checked My Bp And It Was 137/83, With A Pulse Rate Of 49. Should I Be Concerned?

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Asked by Doogie

I'm 50 And A Half Years Old, I Just Checked My Bp And It Was 137/83, With A Pulse Rate Of 49. Should I Be Concerned?

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Hi Doogie,

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 137/83 falls within the prehypertension range and it is worth taking action to lower your blood pressure back to the normal range. I'd discuss with your physician and look into diet and lifestyle changes to promote a lower blood pressure.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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