Are you getting this reading consistently? Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and to get a better sense of where your numbers are, you'd have to take it several times a day over a period of a few days to get an average.
If it is a consistent reading, the 161/100 is on the high side. The norm used to be 120/80 until just recently when the guidelines changed to 115/75.
However, everybody is different and your "normal" could be 125/85 for example.
I would suggest you see your doctor to get to the bottom of your blood pressure reading.
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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