Frequently Asked Questions1. What is a high blood pressure?
Blood pressure varies with age and a number of other factors. However, a systolic blood pressure of more than 140 and a diastolic blood pressure of more than 90 is considered abnormal and the patient is said to suffer from hypertension. The normal blood pressure should be 120/80 mm Hg. The current opinion is that 110/70- is better than 120/80.
2. Which doctor should I see for high blood pressure?
You may consult your general physician for high blood pressure. You may need to consult a cardiologist if the blood pressure is very high or if you suffer from complications.
3. Will I have to take lifelong medications once I am diagnosed?
If your blood pressure is not too high, your doctor may initially advise lifestyle changes and reduction is salt in your diet. If the blood pressure still does not come under control or if it is too high, medications may be needed.