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"What is a normal blood pressure?"
mine is 160/98
A normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80, but the best thing to do is to discuss this with your primary care doctor. This number was an average of healthy young adults; however, we use this measurement when comparing blood pressures of our patients. Your blood pressure is considered to be hypertensive. To diagnose a patient with hypertension, there should be two readings on different visits that show a blood pressure of greater than 140/90. Once you are diagnosed, there could be lifestyle changes or medication that could help with the blood pressure. It is also important to figure out what is causing the hypertension. Hypertension could be caused by kidney disease, vascular disease, or even pain. If you do not treat hypertension, it can cause many problems as you age. High blood pressure puts you at risk for strokes, heart disease, and even cognition. Some of the life style options that people can do is altering their diet so that it consists of non fatty foods that are rich in vegetables and lean proteins. Another important aspect is exercise. If these methods do not lower the blood pressure to an acceptable level, then medications can be used. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to ensure that there are no reversible causes of your blood pressure. You may likely need basic labs as well.
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