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Blood pressure reading



my husband went to the doctors - he had a sore throat and his asthma was acting up - the nurse took his blood pressure and it was 130/62 - is that good or bad - if I remember correctly is his blood pressure is usually 110/80 or 120/80 i think somewhere in that area


It is true that the ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower.  However, current guidelines define hypertension requiring treatment in an otherwise healthy person as 140/90 or higher.

People with diabetes or kidney disease are at higher risk for stroke and heart disease and should have a blood pressure of 130/80 or lower.

In the case of your husband, his blood pressure is normal and he does not need any treatment.  However, he should have his blood pressure rechecked at least every two years.

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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