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What is Isolated Systolic Hypertension?

What is Isolated Systolic Hypertension? I am 79 years old, male, hypertensive, normal weight 73 Kg, 172 cm height and taking Nordic Walking Pole exercise and cycling about 3 to 4 times weekly and eating lightly. I am now on a daily dosage of 75 mg Cozaar and 5 mg Plendil. My worse average readings = BP 140/75 and 135/69 from 10 BP checks divided by 10 taken over 2 to 3 days durations. What should be my SBP and DBP to be consider normal? Are my SBP, DBP falling within the range of ISOLATED SYSTOLIC HYPERTENSION? Thanking you in advance doctor for your help.

submitted by Peter from Baling, Kedah, Malaysia on 6/24/2012


Atasu K. Nayak, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Atasu Nayak, MD    

Thanks for the question. Isolated systolic hypertension is elevated systolic blood pressure with normal diastolic blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. Your systolic blood pressure is slightly above the target. Please consult your doctor. He may want to increase your daily dose of Cozaar. If you are able, monitor your blood pressure every day in the morning. Please follow up with your cardiologist if is it is high.

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Updated July 2012
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