Hello. I am a 49 year old female with good cholesterol levels and I am not overweight. I ve had some high blood pressure on and off - controlled with vitamins. Have not taken it in a while. Over the weekend it came up 159/110 several times with other readings in the 140 s/90s. Do I need to get meds as in tonight or can it wait until a doctor visit next week? Thanks.
The optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 and it is recommended to take anti-hypertensive medications to prevent complications of high blood pressure which includes, but not limited to brain and heart attack, and kidney disease.
There are several antihypertensives which can be taken as prescribed by physicians.
But it is important to apply lifestyle and dietary modification which includes a daily aerobic exercise routine, avoidance of salty and fatty foods, a high intake of high-fiber containing foods like fruits and vegetables.
I recommend a consult with a physician for appropriate advice and medications.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr Daryl Derick B. Dizon, General & Family Physician
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