Is My High Blood Pressure A Problem At My Age?

Question

Asked by IrishJoshFF

Is My High Blood Pressure A Problem At My Age?

I am 32 years old and my blood pressure is 148/92. My pulse rate is 101 BPM on average. This is in a relaxed state. I'm 5'10" and weigh approx 173 pounds. I'm always fatigued and get dizzy a couple times a day. I have also been having mild to moderate headaches. I have also been experienceing tightening in my chest and pain when I try to take a deep breath. Is this a bad thing?

Answer

Hi IrishJoshFF,

I recommend you contact your physician. A blood pressure of 148/92 is elevated and your symptoms warrant attention.

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!

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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