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High Blood Pressure

140/80 blood pressure

12/07/2006

Question:

I have been taking a ACE inhibitor and a Calcium Channel Blooker for my high blood pressure. I get my blood pressure checked every month. The last four months my blood pressure has been its lowest and constant at 140/80. Would this be considered normal for me or should I try another medication?

Answer:

The optimal blood pressure is 120/80.  For most patients, treatment of hypertension should be directed at reaching this level.

In you case, you may want to consider the addition of a low dose diuretic (e.g. hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg once a day).  This addition increases the efficacy of ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers and causes few if any side effects.

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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