Q:My systolic blood pressure is in the high 130 range. My doctor is not concerned. This just started. In the past it has always been below 120. My son had a myocardial infarction in his 30’s. My mother had a triple bypass at age 70 and died on the operating table at age 75 while undergoing a re-bypass. I am 68. Do I need further testing
A:With a systolic blood pressure in the high 130’s you are in the group known as pre-hypertension. Treatment is not recommended until systolic blood pressure is 140 or greater. It sounds like your doctor is treating you appropriately. I assume your doctor has suggested all appropriate lifestyle changes and you have taken the advice. If it would make you feel better to talk to a cardiologist, you should do so. It never hurts to get a second opinion and your family doctor should want you to feel confident about the care you are receiving. Although you don’t need a referral, why don’t you ask for one?