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Blood pressure of 168/77, pulse of 49. History of prostrate cancer. What are the normal levels?

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My blood pressure is 168 over 77 with a pulse of 49, my age is 67 - should i be taking action?
Posted Fri, 20 Apr 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Radhika 14 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

You reported that your blood pressure is 168/77 mmHg and your pulse is 49/min with past history of Prostate cancer treated with radiotherapy and hernia.

The average blood pressure of a healthy young adult is about 110/75 (below 120 mm Hg systolic and 80 mm Hg diastolic). As one gets older, blood pressure can get a little higher. It is healthy to maintain blood pressure under 140/80mm Hg. Your pressure seems higher than normal. You have not specified if you were hypertensive or if you are on antihypertensive drugs.

The normal pulse rate in adults is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Your pulse rate is also slightly lower than normal.

Since blood pressure can vary in a day depending on stress and other physiological parameters, you will need to take 3 to 4 more readings again in a week’s time to confirm your blood pressure. If you still observe a high range, then you may need to use antihypertensive drugs to lower blood pressures. I suggest you to check your blood pressures manually using a sphygmomanometer available at your doctor’s office.

In addition, I also suggest you to perform certain investigations like:
1. Lipid Profile.
2. ECG (Electrocardiogram)
3. ECHO (Echocardiography)
4. CBC (complete blood count)
You will need to consult your physician to get these tests done.

In the meantime, you need life style modifications like exercise regularly along with a low salt diet to maintain a normal blood pressure.

I hope I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no further queries.

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