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An_256537 posted:
My bp is usually around 110/85 or so in the morning around 106/78/ last night i took bp and it was 130/120/ i took it again abd it was 130/105 i was having a lil panic attack from the first readibg..i calmed down and took it again three more times and all reads were normal...today i took read in the morn afternoon and evening all normal.am i ok or should i be worried.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"Am I ok?"

Realistically, no one can truly tell/know for sure via the Internet, though it looks like those readings were erroneous at the time, especially noting the the low **pulse pressure (see info below) of 10 from the reading of 130/120.

Most important, whenever you have any concerns/worries about your health status, please see a/your doctor promptly.

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Normal resting blood pressure (BP) in adults is under 120/80 with 115/75 or 110/70 considered as being optimal/ideal. Prehypertension is defined as systolic of 120-139 mmHg and diastolic of 80-89 mmHg. Stage 1 is systolic of 140 to 159 and diastolic of 90 to 99. Stage II is systolic of 160 to 179 and diastolic of 100 to 109. Stage III is systolic greater than 180 and diastolic greater than 110. Stage IV is systolic of 210 and greater, and diastolic of 120 and greater.

Noteworthy, temporary increases or high spikes in BP, which was at one time was thought as being relatively harmless, can in fact be deleterious (may/can even cause a hypertensive brain attack) in some individuals, especially in those who already have hypertension or weakened arteries in the brain.

Health dangers from blood pressure vary among different age groups and depending on whether systolic or diastolic pressure (or both) is elevated, and for how long.

Elevated blood pressure, isolated diastolic hypertension, isolated systolic hypertension and diastolic/systolic hypertension, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and renovascular disease.

**Pulse pressure is also important, which is the difference between systolic (heart's pumping phase) and diastolic (heart's resting phase). Usually, the resting (in sitting position) pulse pressure in healthy individuals is 40 mmHg, give or take a little. A consistantly narrow (say 20 or 25 mmHg or less) or wide (say 60 or 65 or more) pulse pressure is not good.

Take care,

CardioStar*

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