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Should I see a doctor or try to lower my lifestyle?

I am a 50 year old male, 5ft9, 90kgs. Never smoked, not a healthy eater, moderate drinker, but no health problems ever. Blood pressure average is 144/89 with heart rate 65bpm. Should I see a doctor or try to lower my lifestyle?

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The answer

Average home blood pressure readings of 135/85 or more are considered to indicate possible mild hypertension (high blood pressure). However, it is recommended that, in order to be accurate, you take your blood pressure twice and do this twice a day for 7 days. You then discard the measurements on day 1 and work out the average of the rest. If you still have a blood pressure of 135/85 or slightly more, then it is best to try to reduce it with lifestyle measures initially. You could always make an appointment with the GP or practice nurse and take your readings with you.


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