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At what point is High Blood Pressure too high?

I have essential hypertension, and I just checked my BP. It's pretty high...at what point (diastolic/systolic) should I contact a doctor? I'm on Micardis HCT, but it doesn't seem to be working right now. Thanks. Just re-checked my BP, it's 175/115. Well, it is being treated. I see my Doctor regularly, but tonight it seems to be too high for whatever reason. I'm just wondering if there's anything I should do right now, or if it'll be fine until tomorrow. http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b138/jgarrey/p_00363.jpg Systolic is down by almost 20 points, but diastolic isn't moving?? WTF does that mean?? :/
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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I don't know anything about this Jacqui, but here's a chart I found that it pretty helpful. It looks like you are in the moderate stage 2 headed for severe at the BP you gave. :( http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/blood-pressure.htm The diastolic is the measurement of your blood pressure when the heart is resting (between heart beats)...I don't think they go up and down in sink. I think you're okay for tonight, but might want to visit the doctor tomorrow if it doesn't go back down to your normal. Here's some more info: http://blood-pressure.emedtv.com/diastolic-blood-pressure/diastolic-blood-pressure-p2.html
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