Is high blood pressure 240/81 dangerous in the very elderly?

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Is high blood pressure 240/81 dangerous in the very elderly?
Grandmother 85 has diabetes, hypertension, stroke a year ago. I have seen her bp in the 200 + range as well as diastolic bp over 130 shortly after her stroke. She was sick one day at the Dr. office and her bp was 206/ 60 and he said he wasnt concerned as she was sick at the time. Should I be worried? Is this an immediate threat to her health?
Yeah, that is not good. She is not healthy at all, I'm shocked she is still alive.
Yea! its dangerous but don't increase your blood pressure by worrying too much. You will also transmit your worry to your dad which will raise his blood pressure further. Let the doctor take care of it. The pressure which you mentioned is definitely quite high and needs urgent attention. Your father has to take treatment regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle to get the pressure under control and maintain it. Investigations are also needed to check for target organ dysfunction.
That's bad very bad she can possibly die
The fact that the diastolic pressure is staying down is good. The systolic (top number) can go up a lot more easily if a person is sick, nervous, or has just done some of of exertion. What was your grandmother doing when the 240/81 was taken? Had she just been moving about right before? I'm sure you know already that high BP is dangerous, as she's already had a stroke. I wouldn't worry so much about her numbers, but I would watch them closely. Make sure she's relaxing when the numbers are taken. You may already be doing this, but it's good to have a little book with her BP monitor. Document her BP when she wakes, midday, then in the evening each day. When she goes to the doctor, take the book along so the doctor can see how her meds are working. If her BP is staying up consistently during rest, give the doctor a call and see what he thinks. Having her BP documented will help you convey what is going on and will help the doctor tremendously. The outcome will be that your grandmother will get the best treatment. I think it's wonderful that you're gaining info to help your grandmother!


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