Your blood pressure is 116 over 99?


What your blood pressure values mean

Your blood pressure is: Too high - Hypertension Stage 1

But regarding your systolic (upper) value your blood pressure is rather: Ideal!

If you are getting two different types of classification for your blood pressure it is more likely to chose the one that is considered worse, e.g. if your systolic (upper) value is 'normal' and your diastolic (lower) value is 'high normal', consider 'high normal' as your classification.


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Your blood pressure too high - Hypertension Stage 1

Requirement for a blood pressure Hypertension Stage 1 is a value of 140-159 over 90-99.

If your systolic (upper) would increase from 116 mmHg to 4 mmHg and your diastolic (lower) value would increase by -19 mmHg your blood pressure would be no more 'Hypertension Stage 1' but 'Hypertension Stage 2'.

Causes and Risks of Hypertension Stage 1


Doctors consider a stage 1 hypertensive person as hypertensive. A case of hypertension could be primary or secondary. A primary case of hypertension can be from a person’s diet or obesity. Hypertension may develop from a high sodium intake, as well. A secondary case of hypertension may come from a reaction to a medication. Secondary hypertension can develop because of a heart, liver or kidney disease, as well. Diabetes may play a role in the development of stage 1 hypertension. Doctors will want to control or reduce a patient’s hypertension before it becomes a case of stage 2 hypertension or a hypertensive crisis. Medical specialists may use a variety of methods to treat a person with stage 1 hypertension.

Stage 1 hypertension can cause damage to a person’s kidneys, liver and heart if he or she does not receive treatment for it. Therefore, a physician will most likely implement a dietary plan for a person with stage 1 hypertension. He or she may also prescribe pharmaceutical drugs such as thiazide, lisinopril, nadolol or diltiazem. A person who is over the age of 20 should receive a blood pressure reading a least once every two years to check for high blood pressure. Quick action is the best defense against the condition.

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