Is 131 85 high blood pressure?

If you’ve ever been to the doctor, chances are that they’ve taken your blood pressure. It’s that weird little arm thingy that pumps up really tight and makes you feel like a balloon about to pop. So, what is blood pressure anyway? Well, let me tell you!

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as it travels through your body [1]. And we’re not talking casual elbow-jostling here – this is serious stuff! When you get your blood pressure taken, it will be expressed as two numbers: systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number). The systolic number measures the amount of force when your heart beats while the diastolic measures when it rests between beats [2].

Why Does It Matter?

Now I know what you’re thinking – who cares?! But wait just a second before rolling those eyes. High blood pressure can lead to some pretty nasty consequences such as stroke or heart attack [3]. Yikes!

So… Is 131 85 High Blood Pressure?

Well my friend, I’m glad you asked. According to guidelines set by health care professionals in America (JNC-8), normal blood pressure would fall below 120/80 mmHg[4] . Since our little duo clocks in at 131/85, technically speaking we wouldn’t classify this reading has having high BP (hypertension) but instead referred to as elevated.

### Terminology Check:
Let’s clarify since we’ve tossed out some terms already:

 Hypertension – high BP
 Elevated BP – higher than normal levels but not quite hypertension yet.

Whew! That wasn’t so bad.

We all want to be healthy, right? Good news is we have a few options for maintaining our blood pressure this includes:

  1. Lowering Sodium Intake:
  2. Run from salt shakers

  3. Exercising

  4. Sweating it out!

  5. Healthy Eating Habits:

  6. Pass the Kale please

  7. Reducing Stress Here & There:

  8. Let’s all take a deep breath!

  9. Taking Medication if Listed/ Prescribed by Doctor :

    • Stick to what has been advised

Taking Control of Our Blood Pressure

By taking control and management over these factors that contribute largely towards blood hypertension, We can definitely give ourselves more chances allowing us not having high BP scenarios which leads negative outcomes.

Wrapping Up With A Bit More Laughter.

Sure reading about hypotension isn’t the most riveting thing ever but hey, now you’re armed with some knowledge about good health practices!. Plus you know how in Hollywood movies when they have like one person staying behind on bomb duty while everyone else scrambles to safety? That’s kind of what your heart does with your arteries – don’t let it down! Keep tabs on that BP!

Remember stay hydrated (with water since its low-sodium), keep up that positive attitude and make educated decisions where necessary – including speaking with your doctor.

Alrighty guys thanks for tuning in until next time..

Reference List

[1] Feder, M.D., PhD, Daniel; Komaiko MPH Jennifer; Harber MD MPH Angela L.; Brown MD Julie Ellen et al (2018) Controlling Hypertension Among Youth Is Critical
[2] Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

[3] Blood Pressure UK: Why High Blood Pressure is a “Silent Killer”

[4] ACC/AHA Releases Updated Hypertension Guideline

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