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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Blood Pressure Reading

11/28/2007

Question:

I take blood pressure medication. My blood pressure reading is 132/96. My doctor does not seem concerned.

Do you think this is a problem?

Answer:

Most guidelines around the world including those from the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the NIH, recommend that blood pressures in the provider's office should be treated to maintain it consistently less than 140/90. If you have diabetes or kidney disease, it should be consistently less than 130/80.

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Response by:

Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University