My Son, Age 44 Had A Blood Pressure Reading Of 125/72. The Top And Bottom Numbers Don't Seem To Make Sense. What Should The Concern Be At This Time?

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My Son, Age 44 Had A Blood Pressure Reading Of 125/72. The Top And Bottom Numbers Don't Seem To Make Sense. What Should The Concern Be At This Time?

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Hi Gloria:

American Heart Association Recommendations are as follows:
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 the top number continues to run higher the doctor may have him monitor it to make sure it doesn't turn to Stage I Hypertension.

I'm not quite sure what you mean "the numbers don't make sense." I hope this helps. If not, resubmit your question with a little more detail. Thanks.

Take care,

Tara, RN