Is 157 over 90 considered a high blood pressure for a 50 year old male?

Normal blood pressure is around 120/70 but the numbers can be slightly higher or lower and still be within normal limits. The first number is the diastolic pressure; the second number is the systolic number. Each reflects a different part of the heart's action and the literal "pressure" exerted against blood vessel walls when blood moves through and returns to the heart. A 157/90 pressure should be re-evaluated at different times and on different days. If it stays elevated you may need medication. However, the first line of "treatment" and best defense against high blood pressure is daily exercise and a good well-balanced diet. Consult your doctor for a personalized plan.

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