Is 135/78 too high for blood pressure?

@mentalward (14716)
United States
May 31, 2008 12:43pm CST
That's what mine was the last time I took it. I was on blood pressure medication, but want to get off of some of the meds I'm on. I used to be around 155/95 which is why I was put on the medication in the first place. But with the weather being good, I've been spending a lot of time outside, working in the garden, fishing, cutting grass, doing more physical activities. My blood pressure is now down to 135/78. That's about what it was the time before, too. Do you think this is too high and I should go back on the BP medication or is it okay for me to stay off of it. Any input will really help me. Thanks!
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• India
1 Jun 08
More or less, i was just like you having 140/100 some six months back, and i was put under medication. The docs advised me to go on long walks, and regular exercise, which i did for some days, and by now, it has turned so very irregular phenomenon for me. And some how, my reading is 130/85 which i got checked some days back, and i asked my doctors like you, has my reading improved, and is it necessary for me to be under constant medication, and the docs said that there is no second choice, but have to be under the constant dosage. Take care of your health friend and my opinion is that we should not desist from taking tablets. Enjoy life, and Happy mylotting.
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• India
1 Jun 08
I really forget to ask you, what is your LDL cholerstral level. Kindly keep and eye on it. If it is too high then what your " Doctor of Doom" said is correct. You must really reduce the intake of salt levels.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I don't know what my LDL is right now, but it had come down significantly the last time I had it checked. When my doctor said I was in "heart attack territory", she scared me pretty badly. I began a new regime of eating healthier and getting more exercise. The last time I saw the doctor, she said that my cholesterol level was good now. So, I'm not sure about the LDL level, but apparently it's good enough for my "Dr. Doom" to not worry. I have been off my BP medication for about 3 weeks now. 135/78 is normal for me now with no medication.
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• India
1 Jun 08
Good to see that your LDL level is in control, and hmmm... my doctor still asks me to take medication.
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• United States
31 May 08
My doctor always tells me to shoot for 130/80. He also told me if I was a little over he probably wouldn't bother with meds. I used to be in the 150s-160s/90 so they were obviously needed. I think it is definitly worth talking to your doctor about it. I would think you would be okay, but I would at least keep a close watch on it. A doctor's opinion couldn't hurt either. Good Luck!
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
31 May 08
My doctor is the "Doctor of Doom" and always makes me feel like I'm going to die any second. (I need a new doctor!) I'll just watch my salt intake for awhile to see what happens. I never put extra salt on anything, but some foods come with salt already in them. Maybe if I stay away from them for awhile... we shall see. Thanks for your comment.
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• Canada
31 May 08
You are so right, really watch your salt intake...especially that which is hidden in fast foods...and prepared foods! Goodluck!
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@cream97 (29179)
• United States
13 Jun 08
No,this is like the mid range.. It seems to be okay.. But monitor it, just to make sure that it will not get any higher than it is supposed to get.
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@peavey (14803)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I've heard anything from 120/60 to 140/80. Being in better physical shape (exercise, eating healthy foods) can really make a difference, so I think you're on the right track.
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13 Feb 09
120/80 and below is healthy blood pressure. My blood pressure is 114 and sometimes 108.It's the systolic reading which is most important. If this gets as low as 90 or less,then this is classed as low blood pressure. Obviously,if someone does not usually have a systolic reading of 114(if it were usually 125-135),and it were sudden,this would be classed as low blood pressure. I would aim to have a systolic reading of 120.this is a healthy reading.
@curious888 (1214)
• Malaysia
1 Jun 08
My blood pressure is now 150/100. Doctor said I should keep at120/90. I am still under medication.
@carlaabt (3509)
• United States
1 Jun 08
135/78 is probably ok. There are lots of factors, though. Last time I went to the doctor, my blood pressure was 138/82. I had a really stressful morning that morning, or I'm sure it would have been lower. Anyway, my doctor said he wanted it under 135/75, but he wouldn't prescribe medicine unless the bottom number was over 85.
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@jakesun (100)
• China
1 Jun 08
six months ago,my blood pressure was 160/110, i can't believe it when the doctor told me the case,i was only 35,it's too high for me.from that time ,i only took 4--5g salts one day,and every morning i went to the park to do exercises at least an hour.now my blood pressure is 120/85,that's ok for me. i don't know how old you are ,but i think that your blood pressure is ok.i hope you could do what i have done and it can do the same at you . good luck.
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@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
12 Jul 08
135/78 is way better than 155/95. i salute you for that aspect and for the diligence you have coz it's not that easy maintaining allowable blood pressure. notice that i mentioned "allowable" and not normal. anyway, let go things here one by one, if you want to et rid of your meds already, make sure you visit your doctor who prescribe you with that medication. he might suggest of lowering down the dosage but not totally getting rid of it coz your medications are prescribe in order for your blood pressure not to sky rocket again instead to maintain a certain level of blood pressure that is not harmful to your body. doing physical activities is a good habit and would lower your blood pressure but make sure you are not over exerting and don't work like a horse anymore, just enough that it won't make you tired at all. please don't stop taking your medications unless otherwise your doctor tells you so.
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
12 Jul 08
thank you for the pencil thingy.. that would encourage me to do more and share more what i got and what i know. i appreciate that. you take care..!!
@Hatley (120864)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Jun 08
mental ward I really would check with my doctor before going off b.p. meds I know we all want to take less medicatin but its wiser to check with your family doctor before anything else.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I agree with you on that subject, Hatley. At least, under normal circumstances. My doctor actually put me on two blood pressure meds which put me in the emergency room! I was on one which did just fine when my BP was high. They, she took me off of another med (Premarin) and put me on this second BP med which, she said, would help to control menopausal symptoms. My heart rate and blood pressure dropped so low I was afraid I was dying! When I was in the ER, the doctor there told me that the second BP med my doctor had put me on had nothing to do with hormonal symptoms at all and was what put me in the hospital! I no longer trust my doctor and am looking for a new one now. Also, I've now been off my BP meds (both of them) for the past 3 or 4 weeks. What I have in my heading is my normal BP without any medications. I will talk with my new doctor about it as soon as I find a good one. Your advice is very sound, but I feel better being off those meds. I took a chance and it turned out well. But I do not advocate stopping any medications without seeing your doctor first, because it doesn't always turn out to have a happy ending. Thanks!
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Someone else mentioned that blood pressure charts had changed and that's true. While your bp might have been considered on the high normal side before, it's now considered high. Another thing that has changed is they used to say that age and size had a lot to do with what bp should be. Now they're saying that all adults should be more like 110/65 to 128/75. At age 56, mine runs 112/68 which used to be considered low and is now considered normal.
• United States
1 Jun 08
Nope! The normal BP is around 120 over 80! You are good to go! Find a different MD! (I wouldn't take BP meds for that!)
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Thanks! I plan to find a new doctor as soon as possible. The one I've been seeing put me on so many medications that I was getting confused as to which did what. I also had some bad interactions from some. (Probably cause for a lawsuit there, because I ended up in the hospital.) I finally said enough is enough! When I took matters into my own hands, weaned myself off of some of the meds and started on natural remedies, I began to feel so much better! At first, I thought this doctor was great because she was doing so many tests on me, so much bloodwork, etc. But when she told me I should go to a "pre-diabetes" clinic, I said no more! My blood sugar was 103. I was told that 110 used to be the limit for normal but was dropped to 100. Even so, 103 is not enough to worry about diabetes, unless it keeps climbing. I changed my diet and I'm fine now. Thanks for the reassurance! Take care.
• United States
1 Jun 08
I'm not a fan of prescriptions and I don't think that is way too high. Have you checked into some herbal remedies for this problem. There are usually less side effects. I hope you can keep it down without meds.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Those numbers are not that high. That's about what mine is now and I feel good about it - compared to the numbers that I've seen in the past. It might be a tad bit above the recommended levels. But, still, I would see your Dr. and tell him that you stopped taking the meds and what does he think. Bp is nothing to play with.
• Australia
1 Jun 08
That's really good actually. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. The more important number is the lower one (diastolic). It should not go below 60 or above 90. I don't know that you should quit your medication. But perhaps you could talk to your doctor about reducing your blood pressure medication.