When my blood pressure is 145/102 what does it mean?

Pascaline Asked: When my blood pressure is 145/102 what does it mean?

I am no expert, but only to say I am on blood pressure meds…my bp was 160/100 when diagnosed. Normal bp should fluctuate around 120/80.

Is this a one time measure, or is it constantly at that range? 102 seems awfully high, if these readings persist you should go see a doc.

hope this helps somewhat. good luck


diana Answered:
The numbers you are seeing are your systolic/diastolic pressure readings of your heart. (basically how hard your heart is having to work to contract (systolic) and relax (diastolic))

Below 120/80 – Normal blood pressure Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle.
120-139/80-89 – Prehypertension
140-159/90-99 – Stage 1 hypertension
>160/100 or more – Stage 2 hypertension

*if you fall into two categories (as you do) always go w the systolic pressure. For Stage 1 Hypertension, you should work to adopt healthy lifestyle and if your goals are not reached within 6 months, talk to your doctor about a statin/cholesterol therapy. You should also have lipid levels and Triglyceride levels checked as well.

****To get an accurate blood pressure measurement, your doctor should evaluate your readings based on the average of two or more blood pressure readings on each of two office visits.

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