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Blood pressure

10/20/2008

Question:

My blood pressure has been 160/98, 154/89, and 159/98 for the past 5 days. I am on coversyl 2.5mgs. Is this dangerous pressures???

Answer:

The current guidelines recommend that anyone with a blood pressure above 140/90 be treated.  Patients at higher risk, such as diabetics, or patients with kidney disease, should be treated when their blood pressure is over 130/80.

In your case, your blood pressure is indeed too high.  You may want to increase the dose of Coversyl (perindopril) to 4 mg or 8 mg per day, and to consider adding a diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide or chlorthalidone) if necessary.  You should discuss any changes in prescription medication with your treating physician. Your treated blood pressure should be 130/80 or lower.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati