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Does BP 130/90 cause hypertensive ?

I am recently started having pain on my back neck and back of my head. I have a blood presure measuring equipment at home and measure my blood pressure. It is showing around 130/90 whenever I have this pain. Can it be I am becoming hypertensive. I drink alcohol once in a while (a couple of beer or few glasses of wine). I try to exercise regularely for about 15 - 30 minutes around three times a week. I dont like salt and usually eat food with little in in it. I dont smoke. Can you advise me what I should do. Mesfin
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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The bottom number is right at the limit. That number represents the pressure against the artery walls all the time, the constant pressure they must deal with. Since you say this the reading when you are in pain, it is possible that it's a reaction to the pain, but it's still not ideal. However, random blood pressure readins are not as helpful for diagnosis. You should monitor your blood pressure at two different times of the day, usually early in the morning and again in the afternoon. Take those readings for five days at least, and then average the morning readings and the afternoon readings, then the two of those together. That will give a doctor a much better picture of what goes on the majority of the time. It is possible you are right at the line for hypertension, and that's a good time to do whatever you need to do for control. As far as your exercise, you could do with a little more of that, 30 or so minutes at least, and every day- six out of seven at least. In regard to the salt intake, it's not the salt you can see or the salt in the shaker that usually gets people. It's in places you don't even suspect, most of the prepared foods on the market. The word you look for is sodium, the chemical word for salt. You will find it used as a preservative, a flavor enhancer, and sometimes just as salt. You need to become an avid label reader, and check the nutritional label for sodium content of everything. It's good you don't smoke or add salt to food, though. Your alcohol intake is fine, and actually, a glass of wine each day is helpful in some cases. But before you go making changes in things, first make that week worth of twice daily blood pressure checks and go take it to your doctor. Then you will get a lot better advice to help yourself with. And while you are there, you can get that back,neck and head pain checked out as well. No sense having pain for unexplained reasons either.
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