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Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I am a 72 year old man. My normal blood pressure is 134/72. For the last three days, it has been around 171/98.
Should I be worried?
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Answered by Dr. Rishu Saxena 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
yes anti hypertensive to be taken.

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query!

Blood pressure has been classified into five categories according to JACC.

Normal blood pressure < 120/80 mmhg
the pre-hypertensive stage is 120-139/80-89 mmhg
grade 1 (mild ) is 140-159/90-99 mmhg
grade 2 (moderate ) is 160-179/100-109 mmhg
above that range, is severe hypertension.

Your blood pressure is perfectly normal.

Your blood pressure is in grade 2 at presentand you should start taking medications like Amlodipine.

Hope I answered your query, follow-ups are most welcome.

Thanks.
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