What blood pressure reading will give you a stroke/ or put you in the hospital?

Question by jel585: What blood pressure reading will give you a stroke/ or put you in the hospital?
People have been in the hospital cause of that mostly of stroke.
Is 180/100 a bad reading? If not what is?
ALSO, The person is 13 years old

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Answer by u_no_ur_jeluz
yes 180 over 100 is bad,but I have seen worse. 120/80 used to be normal,but now they consider that a pre-cursor to high blood pressure and want it usually to be at that # or below. You cant say at exactly what blood pressure reading you will have a stroke, because it varies from person to person. If you do have high blood pressure and aren’t on meds,then watch for symptoms and go to doctor ASAP. 180/100 is too high. Even if it doesn’t cause you to have a stroke ,it can be very stressful on your body,cause all kinds of aches and pains including BAD headaches,and it is hard on your heart.

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    dalma jen May 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

    that’s really high, but blood pressure readings vary, age and other medical conditions can affect the normal readings. They say that 140/70 is the norm. But older people usually have higher readings, for example 150/80 could be normal in older person with diabetes. I advise to get reading from your dr. as home blood pressure machines are not always accurate.

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    Lyle G May 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    1st, consider that your reading is supposed to be based on sitting at rest a few minutes before you take it. If not, it will be “high.”
    Given that, 180/100 is pretty high. I’m told not to go rushing off for emergency care unless I see 200 systolic and/or 110 diastolic.

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    Rhianna May 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    There isn’t a set BP reading that will automatically result in a stroke. The higher the blood pressure, the greater the stroke risk. 180/100 is high and if this is an average reading (not a one off BP reading) this will require management.

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    prashant May 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    For any age 180/100 is bad. If you are less than 35, then it is termed secondary hypertension & may be because of other disease.Treating the primary disease will cure your blood pressure’. Blood pressure is one of the cause for stroke. Other risk factors are diabetes, obesity,high cholesterol , thrombo embolic tendency, family history etc.200/120 & more can land you in hospital any time with stroke.Visit your GP.

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    Tee May 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Adults normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg. If you’re an adult and your systolic pressure is 120 to 139, or your diastolic pressure is 80 to 89 (or both), then you have “prehypertension.” High blood pressure is a pressure of 140 systolic or higher and/or 90 diastolic or higher that stays high over time.

    A child’s sex, age and height are used to determine age-, sex- and height-specific systolic and diastolic blood pressure percentiles. This approach provides information that lets researchers consider different levels of growth in evaluating blood pressure. It also demonstrates the blood pressure standards that are based on sex, age and height and allows a more precise classification of blood pressure according to body size. More importantly, the approach avoids misclassifying children at the extremes of normal growth.

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