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Posted by: mark | 2004/10/19

blood pressure

hi.
i wanted to post this to the normal doc, but it seems that he doesnt answer.
Question: what is the norm for blood pressure? 120/80?
If someone has 160/110, is this dangerous?

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HI Mark

160/110 is high, and it would be indicative of a need for further tests. The one thing you must remember is that blood pressure varies quite a bit during the day (for example during exercise, it can very easily be 160/100 and it's not too bad) and so it's worth measuring again to just check that it is a chronic thing or wether it was a once off. HOwever, the reading that is of most concern is the lower value (110). This is the diastolic pressure, and it is less variable usually than the higher value, the systolic pressure. So, the range for blood pressure is usually about 110 to 130 over 60 to 90. Anything higher is considered high blood pressure and requires more tests. That's what I would suggest - see a doctor and have the BP measured again and a time where you are not stressed, well rested and not exercising.

Good luck

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Posted by: 87 | 2004/10/19

Mark,

A reading higher than 140 (first reading) over 90 (second reading) indicates a tendency for high blood pressure and should be monitored over a period of time by your GP. Other factors such as smoking, overweight, ilness, stress etc are all contributory.

Please consult your GP at your earliest convenience.

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