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I took a blood pressure reading at a local pharmacy

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I took a blood...

I took a blood pressure reading at a local pharmacy (machine) and the average came out to be 173/43 which sounds strange. Is this reading very bad, okay, or good?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Any other symptoms?

I was put on Lisonopril in March of this year but have developed a horrible cough (side effect). I suspect the cough is negating the benefits of the blood pressure medication. Occasionally I get a dull headache which is usually relieved with Tylenol

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Not sure - I am 67 years old, overweight at 210 lbs, 4'11" tall

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Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

That's called systolic hypertension where the first number is ***** 140

While not as concerning as when the diastolic--second number--is also high, it still would be putting a strain on your heart if it stayed that way

You need to contact your doctor about this

If I were he I would switch you to a different blood pressure medication like metoprolol or Norvasc and at a dosage that would bring your systolic down below 140

Please let me know if you need any more information

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