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I have a history of heart disease and my blood pressure has

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I have a history of heart disease and my blood pressure has been much higher today than what is normal for me. 169/90 how concerned should I be?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 10 months ago.


The blood pressure of 169/90 is too high but that is only one reading...

Keep track of daily readings> seated / at rest 10 minutes and keep a journal

AVERAGE BP should be controlled to 135/85 or better...

One reading is not enough to judge but is likley to be a sign of high BP which may need treatment

169 average vs 20 points power 149 >> 50 % lower risk over time of heart attack or stroke

90 average vs 80 points average also corresponds to 50 % lower risk ..

169 vs 129 average would see 4 heart attacks or strokes vs every 1 at 129 average

So yes it is important ..

The readings do fluctuate up and down for everyone and we do not base treatment decisions based on a single reading

Regular check ups with your doctor such as the annual physical I would recommend as you want other aspects of your health checked > not JUST BP !!

I hope that this information is helpful for you.

let me know if you have further questions.

I will be happy to get back with you

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Anthony Bray MD