Can a bp averaging 142/90 be considered normal, if a person...

1 answer | Last updated: Feb 20, 2015
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Can a blood pressure reading averaging 142/90 be considered normal, if a person has had this reading since her 30s and is now 66 years old?

 


Expert Answers

James Frank is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the V.A. Medical Center in San Francisco.

A blood pressure reading averaging 142/90 is high, regardless of how long someone has had it. In fact, what you're describing is called lifelong hypertension. Over time, a blood pressure that high can put you at risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure. It's important to get that blood pressure down; the goal should be 120/80. Someone with this blood pressure reading needs to talk to her doctor about how best to manage it.