Pre-hypertension and medicine

Q: My BP history is between 120/80 and 135/85. My new physician told me on the second visit that I had high BP and he put me on 180 mg. of BP medicine. I quit taking it because it made me sick. Why would he consider my BP numbers high?

A: Blood pressure over 120/80 and less than 140/90 falls into a gray area that is being called pre-hypertension. This condition is associated with future development of high blood pressure so most physicians recommend life style changes or other therapeutic interventions depending on an individual’s risk factors.

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