Whats A Normal Blood Pressure Reading

There are many different types of blood pressure medications, and it's important that you understand what's been prescribed for you before you begin taking them. Some have serious side effects that you need to inform your doctor about, and others will cause drug interaction or allergic reactions if you do not communicate these things to your doctor as well. Most blood pressure medications work to slow your heartbeat, lessen the constriction of blood vessels, or cause your blood to become thinner. And while it's impossible to cover all the various medications and recommendations your doctor may give to you, we can give you some basic information about the most commonly prescribed blood pressure medications here:AngiotensinAngiotensin is an enzyme in the body that causes the blood vessels to constrict. Sometimes this is necessary, but too much of this element will cause them to become too narrow, which will necessitate your heart working harder to pump your blood through. Often a body produces too much of this enzyme, probably through genetics or simply imperfection of the circulatory system. Many blood pressure medications work to block this enzyme or the overproduction of it.ACE inhibitors and ARB receptor blockers are two such blood pressure medications. By not allowing the overproduction of this enzyme, the blood vessels will not be overly constrictive and will allow the blood to flow much more freely.NitratesNitrates work by relaxing blood vessels throughout the entire body so that the heart, again, does not need to work as hard to pump the blood through. Nitrates are very common blood pressure medications. Some are not meant to be taken regularly but only when a patient feels the pain in the chest that happens when the heart is pumping too hard. These pills are often placed under the tongue in such emergencies. Some however will get nitrate pills, sprays, and even patches which will release this blood pressure medication in a regular dosage. This is important because this pain that signals the heart working too hard can be easily mistaken for indigestion or muscle cramps.VasodilatorsThese blood pressure medications work by causing the blood vessels to open up or dilate. Vasodilators are never used on a permanent basis or on their own, as eventually the kidneys would respond to these dilated blood vessels by retaining more water. It's important to be aware of the side effects of headache, rapid heart rate, and even sweating; if these become severe, you need to talk to your doctor. They can also cause fainting and dizziness, especially upon standing up.Other MedicinesOther blood pressure medications may include diuretics, which cause the body to lose water and therefore thin the blood, making it easier to push through the circulatory system, and beta blockers, which cause the heart to beat slower than normal. Whatever medication you've been prescribed, use it exactly as directed and tell your doctor of any side effects you're having.Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with heart disease such as Sytrinol, Policosanol, Potassium, Pectin, and M.S.M.Sytrinol are known to be useful in helping maintain a healthy cholesterol level in the body by reducing triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.Policosanol is a natural supplement derived from sugar cane. Policosanol promotes healthy platelet function and helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels in the human body.Potassium is essential for proper functioning of the heart muscle and for regulating proper fluid balance. Bananas are a good source of potassium.Pectin limits the amount of cholesterol the body can absorb. High pectin count in apples may be why "One a day keeps the doctor away".M.S.M maintains the development of the body's protein by forming flexible disulfide bonds between certain amino acids and in maintaining the strength of connective tissue. This allows water and nutrients to flow freely into cells and allows toxins to flow freely out of the cells. M.S.M increases athletic stamina and helps eliminate muscle soreness. M.S.M is a natural supplement that is getting a lot of attention due to its role in tissue healing at the cellular level. It is a natural organic sulfur that comes from rain fall and is found naturally in the human body.If you are at risk from Heart Disease then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.Always consult your doctor before using this information.This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

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  1. What is the normal blood pressure reading for a 13 year old?
    My son is 13 and 5’8 and is 260lbs. He was told his blood pressure was hight at the time it was 170/80. He was put on enalapril..5 mg a day…. he has been on it for 4 days and tongiht his blood pressure read 173/85 what is the normal brood pressure for a 13 year old and why isn’t it going down?

    • I agree with the 110-120/70. Don’t get stuck on the age thing, your son is tall for his age and morbidly obese for his age. One of the causes of your son’s high BP could be his weight and that needs to be addressed immediately. As the doctor said above, there could be an endocrine problem and thus he should probably see an endocrinologist. Unless your little boy (and 13 seems awfully young to be having some drastic health issues such as this) wants a life full of medicines, doctor visits and health issues, he is going to need to get a little of this weight off as quickly as he can. I believe seeing an endocrinologist first to rule out any type of thyroid issues or growth hormone issues is paramount and then ask him to help work out a diet and exercise plan that your son can live with. As his weight comes down, his blood pressure will most likely normalize. Good luck to you both.

  2. What caused my high blood pressure reading?
    I just went to a health fair and my blood pressure read 160/110. The nurse I spoke with said I should follow up with my PCP and get on medications immediately. It’s never read this high before. Maybe it’s been slightly high in the past, but nothing like this. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke. I’m a normal weight. I’m 25 years old. There is heart disease in my family, but that wouldn’t be for (at least) another 30 years. Why did my blood pressure read so high?

    • Brian, never base anything on one BP reading at a health fair. Blood pressure fluctuates many times through out a normal day. Measure the BP weekly, at rest for a few weeks and if you are consistently high (above 140/90) then see your doctor to have this assessed. There are many ways to treat high BP and first and foremost should be diet and exercise but medication may also be required.

  3. What is a normal blood pressure reading for an 11year old?
    What is a normal blood pressure reading for a 68 pound 11 year old girl?

  4. What is the normal blood pressure & its solutions?
    Presently, what is the normal blood pressure of adults?

    If someone has high blood pressure, what kind of foods should he/she eat? Please elaborate.
    Also, what types of exercise is best? Please elaborate.
    1.) will caffeine affect the blood pressure in any way?
    2.) how about green tea?
    3.) what is a replacement for coffee?

    • I recently read an article on blood pressure. A good reading is 115/78. 120/80, which used to be considered a normal reading is now considered pre-hypertension.

      A person with high blood pressure needs to avoid salt. Salt causes the body to retain fluid which increases the blood pressure.

      Low impact aerobics, walking, water aerobics are usually best, especially if the person is new to exercising.

  5. What should the normal blood pressure reading?
    For someone in their late 5Os what should the normal blood pressure reading be?

    • I am a nurssing student and the normal textbook blood pressure is 120 over 80. Other variations can be normal but I would only be concerned if the systolic (upper number) is higher than 160 or the diastolic (lower number) is above 90. Or on the opposite, if the upper number is lower than 90 and the lower number lower than 60. Otherwise, everyones blood pressure is different and some run normally higher and some normally lower. happy health, Elizabeth

  6. what is a normal blood pressure range for children?
    What is a normal blood pressure range for a child of 11?

    • Children at the age of 11 should run around 90/50-110/60… They should have a signifigantly lower BP than an adult because the heart should be super healthy, there should be no plaque buildup on the walls of the arteries, therefore the pressure should be low. I have seen children run as low as 70/50 and that was considered perfectly normal. A child should not run like an adult such as 120/80 would be considered high for an 11 year old.

      *** One thing to note,,, sometimes children are terrified to be at the doctors office, so their pressure goes up due to nerves and fear, at the office I work at, if we get a high reading, we don’t worry, we have the child relax and check the pressure again after the visit (once all the scary stuff is done, LOL :)

  7. What resting pulse rate number is considered dangerously too fast?
    This is with a normal blood pressure reading. I am 81 years old.

    • Normal pulse rate is 60-80 BPM. I’ve had patients with a pulse of 100 and they were fine but with your age I would worry with any rate over 100, maybe 90 if you have any medical conditions. Since I don’t know your medical history I would advise you to ask your Dr at what resting pulse rate you should see your Dr .

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