My Systolic Is 121, Diastolic 100, And My Heart Rate Is Beating At 125-140 On Average. Bad??

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Asked by Kelly

My Systolic Is 121, Diastolic 100, And My Heart Rate Is Beating At 125-140 On Average. Bad??

Answer

Hi Kelly,

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 diastolic (bottom) blood pressure number of 100 puts you in the very high range and you should consult your MD to determine the best treatment option.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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