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Does a persistent BP of 138/98 need immediate medical attention?

hi my husband checked his bloddpressure day before yesterday it was 138/98.he dont have any problem with bloodpresssure before.doctor said that if it is140 then go to emergency.now we r checking it it was still138/98.after i get to know abt his bp i m almost not using salt in my cooking.we changed our total diet plan with healthy food like fruits.we have next appointment on july14.waht i m scaring is is that k if we go on july 14.and do we need to take an extra care.please help me i m scaring alot.he is 27 yrs.height is 6 feet 1 inch and he has some upto almost not sure 15 lbs overweight
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
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Hi,

BP above 140/90 needs further evaluation. But only a single reading of high BP does not make a diagnosis of hypertension.

So you should monitor his BP daily to see whether he really has high BP. Reading of 138/98 is definitely high but not alarming.

I will advise you to go for certain tests to rule out the cause of high BP. These are KFT (Kidney function test), Thyroid function test, 24hr Urinary VMA and catecholamines and a Renal Doppler. These all tests are important as at his age there are very specific causes of high BP which can be treated. Till then I'll advise minimizing salt in the diet, don't eat junk food and exercise regularly for at least 45 minutes/day.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Sameer Maheshwari, Cardiologist
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