Blood Pressure: How High Is Too High?

Is your blood pressure too high?

Should you be concerned about your blood pressure numbers?

Where does your blood pressure reading stand on the scale between “got it made” and “heading for trouble”?

Here’s what the JNC 7 says:

“Individuals with a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 mmHg should be considered as prehypertensive and require health-promoting lifestyle modifications to prevent CVD (cardiovascular disease).”

Here’s a handy chart from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

blood pressure chart - too high?

That means a reading of 120/80 is the point where your blood pressure is starting to get too high, while a reading of 139/89 is the upper end of the “consider making some lifestyle changes” range.

Don’t play games with blood pressure. It’s not called the “silent killer” for nothing.

And people who are over 50 need to be especially concerned.

But, how do you keep you keep your blood pressure down to a safer level?

We’ll talk about that next.

Blood Pressure: Which Number Is Most Important?

Which number is most important in a blood pressure reading — the top (systolic) number or the bottom (diastolic) number?

For years, we’ve been told the bottom number is the most critical. After all, it represents the pressure being exerted between beats — while your heart is at rest.

One of the first things we can learn from the JNC 7 Report, though, is that — for people over 50 — an elevated top number presents the biggest risk.

Here’s that excerpt:

“In persons older than 50 years, systolic blood pressure greater than 140 mmHg is a much more important cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor than diastolic blood pressure.”

Blood Pressure - which number means most?

I’ve heard people say, “My upper number is high, but my lower number is under 80, so I’m doing fine. That’s a dangerous attitude. The higher above the safe level your blood pressure goes, the greater is your risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease.

The good news is that the opposite applies too: when your blood pressure drops down into the safe zone, your risk of stroke (and heart attack) also decreases.

I’ve found a way to get and keep my blood pressure down. My aim here is to help you do the same.

— Don

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Is It Possible to Lower Blood Pressure Without Pills?

Maybe you’ve been there too…

The doctor’s office. Long wait. She rushes in. Small talk and smiles. Asks if you need refills for medications.

“No, Doc, really I’m hoping to get off the medications. I just don’t like pills.”

blood pressure monitor

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She laughs.

“There’s really nothing you can do about that. It’s all in the genetics. You’re going to need to take blood pressure medication and a statin drug for lowering cholesterol every day from here on out. If not, you instantly decrease your life expectancy by years. Sorry, but what you want is impossible.”

I bought that line for a long, long time. It seemed correct. No matter which diet I tried or exercise program I adopted, I couldn’t find a way to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers down without taking the drugs.

I tried. Lord knows I tried.

But I couldn’t do it.

Until now.

I accidentally found a way that’s working for me. I’ve not taken (or needed) a prescription drug of any kind for over a month now.

I can’t wait to share more about my breakthrough with you … and I’m hoping it can lead to a breakthrough for you too!

— Don