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My BP is 138/98. Is that high ?

I m 20 years old, female, about 5 7 , and about 145 lbs. My blood pressure is 138/98. Is that high? It sounds high to me... Should I worry about this? There is a history of high blood pressure in my immediate family (my dad), but I have no idea what is high and what is normal... All I know is that the Red Cross lady who took my blood pressure before I donated said it was 138/98.... I figure she would have told me if that was bad, but it sounds high to me! I wasn t nervous or anything, I give blood all the time, so I know it wasn t just my heart racing because I was afraid of the needle or something... I checked my own pulse later, and I got 74 beats per minute... Is this all normal? -me
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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You have got Stage 1 Hypertension. Your diastolic blood pressure is high. The pulse rate is normal. The normal pulse rate of a person (resting) is 60-100 beats per minute. Follow-up recommended: Confirm in two months; one BP medication; change lifestyle. Control your hypertension by diet, exercise and drugs.
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