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Elevated blood pressure reading without a diagnosis of hypertension means that on a random reading, the blood pressure values were higher than 139 systolic or 89 diastolic. These values change a bit over the years and in between countries and health organizations. An elevated blood pressure reading could be real, or it could be white coat hypertension- when the blood pressure reading at the doctor’s office is higher than they normally are. Blood pressure reading is also affected by how it was taken, if the patient had a coffee or climbed up the stairs just before measuring blood pressure, it might be a wrong reading.

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One reading is not enough to diagnose hypertension, therefore other measurements will be taken at the clinic or at the patient’s house, after guidance regarding correct measuring.


Once hypertension is diagnosed, depending on the range of values measured, customized treatment is recommended. Lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, and reducing salt from the diet are always recommended. In other cases, medicines will be recommended, either one medication or a combination of hypertension medications such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers and diuretics.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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