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BP readings
sherm80 posted:
So what is the normal BP these days? I hear something different from different drs all the time. 120/80, now, apparently, is PREhypertensive, while my dr deems it normal. Mine has been 120/80, though usually, it is lower. Any info is appreciated
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Sherm80,

If you check out this article on Common Questions about Hypertension , it has your answers.

You are correct that 120/80 is considered prehypertensive. "Normal" is less than 120/80, and Stage 1 Hypertension is 140/90 and up, while Stage 2 is 160/100 and up.

You may want to discuss this with your doctor.

Hope that helps,

Christopher O'Connor, MD responded:
Since every patient has different associated health conditions, any BP goals should be discussed with your physician.
puzld replied to Christopher O'Connor, MD's response:
Hi Dr. O"Conner,

I fully understand about differend types of BP and health conditions. I am experiancing some face tinlgling and under the eye only,constant eye pulsating, sudden localized pains to my leg, various areas of the arm,hand itching too .But, only on left side.
DO I need to be allarmed ?
Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to puzld's response:
Hi puzld,

I am so sorry to hear about your symptoms, but Dr. O'Connor is no longer an expert with WebMD. I hope that you will speak with your doctor about these concerns. Please keep us posted and for the most responses, try asking your question as a new post at the top of the wall. Just go to the "Post Now" and click on "Discussion" to start a new post.

I wish you the best and hope to hear back from you soon!
Best Wishes! Amelia
gloriashipe replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
started out with a minor cold on oct. 14th i have type 2 diabetes diet controlled i started feeling better on saturday, yet today i woke feeling worse than ever every muscle hurts cough with mucus brown and green chills and sweats no fever head aches coming and going within 2 hours. tramadol for ra ambien for sleep apnea. diareara and vomiting. my daughter took my blood pressure and it is 170/110. what do you recommend i do?
53millicent responded:
I am 51 women 187/80 howe high is that and what is normal
billh99 replied to 53millicent's response:
Yes, that is high.

For the top number 120 is normal.

And 187 is stage 2 hypertension.

You need to have your doctor look at this.
Juan220 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
I have a bp reading of 196/102 and its usually higher consistently. Drs are at a loss for words as to what to do. What and where should I go. I live in Houston,Texas. Any responses will be greatly appreciated.
billh99 replied to Juan220's response:
You can search for specialist here.

But looking at the ones listed in my area it is not very comprehensive.

You can also check with Baylor and UofT Med Schools.
robertcampbell replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
my BP normally is around 140/80 and I do have medicine for High BP. About 3 weeks ago I stared a weight lifing program of 15 minutes every other day. lat week when took my BP I found it to be 114/53 and now it seems to change between 89/48 and 120/54. Do I need to see my doctor?
billh99 replied to robertcampbell's response:
Exercise does help lower BP, but I doubt that the amount that you do will have that much effect, specially within 3 weeks.

89/48 is hypotensive (low BP), but OK unless you are having symptoms.

The wide range of BP measures might be affected by erratic heart rate. And if so it might or might not mean anything.

I am not a medical professional and I have no idea of your health and history.

But a good rule of thumb is that for any change that concerns you enough to ask about you should ask your doctor about.

BTW, my BP is that erratic. And I have had Holter monitor and stress test so I know that my heart rate is erratic because of PVC's. The are of no concern in my case, but I do have other heart conditions that do need to be monitored.
angel272559 replied to Christopher O'Connor, MD's response:
Dr.O,I have high B.P in the am around 160/96.I am an amputee (LAK) .The rest of the day it stays around 118/86.some one called it episodic hypertension.sounds like the type of answer that really means "WE DON'T KNOW"
marklowell responded:
120/80 is right.

I've also blogged about it here, you might find it helpful in Video 1 of the series: .

Get well soon

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