Your blood pressure is 130 over 74?
Blood pressure 130/74 - what does it mean?
Your blood pressure reading of 130/74 indicates a High Normal blood pressure and is also classified as Prehypertension.
In most cases a high normal blood pressure is still considered normal. However, under some circumstances or with pre-existing conditions or diseases the high normal blood pressure can be a problem.
By the way: Your diastolic value of 74 mmHg is better than your diastolic value and would classify as Ideal. But if you are getting two different types of classification for your blood pressure it is correct to choose the one that is considered worse.
Blood Pressure 130/74 on the blood pressure chart
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What you should know about a blood pressure of 130/74
Your blood pressure of 130/74 is currently elevated. If your blood pressure is in the range of 130-139 / 85-89 it is considere to be high normal. If you do not have symptoms such as chest pain, nausea, dizziness or headaches, there is no reason to worry about this rating.
What if I continuously have high blood pressure?
If you have a high blood pressure reading, you should consult with your doctor to set up a series of blood pressure screenings to assess any long-term trends. If your doctor regularly checks your blood pressure after an initial reading and it stays high over time, more than likely you will be placed on medication to help lower your blood pressure. Also, your doctor will also assess other contributing lifestyle factors and make a series of recommendations to help you lower your blood pressure.
What are some lifestyle factors that I can control
Those with normal high blood pressure, or pre-hypertension, should seriously look at the following lifestyle factors that can be controlled in order to reduce one's risk for the development of stage one and stage two hypertension. These lifestyle factors include:
- Diet - Limit the intake of sodium, fatty foods and processed foods such as starchy carbohydrates
- Exercise - Engage in at least 45 to 60 minutes of moderate aerobic activities every day
- Sleep - Get at least eight hours of sleep a night
- Stress - Control activities and or events in life that contribute to stress
- Alcohol - Limit alcohol intake throughout the week
- Smoking - Stop smoking all tobacco products
High blood pressure can be controlled and eliminated all together. All it takes is being conscious of one's lifestyle and regularly consulting with a physician.
Blood Pressure 130/74 on the blood pressure monitor
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