Q:I am a 76 year old male and my blood pressure is 138/60. Is the diastolic too low to take any medicine for the high systolic?
A:Your measurement puts you in the group known as “prehypertension”. This group does not need treatment with drugs. If your systolic pressure gets higher, your doctor may want to start drug therapy. Your doctor will just start treatment slowly because of your diastolic pressure. In the meantime, talk to your doctor about appropriate lifestyle changes – eating healthy, exercise, stress management – and using Resperate.