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I am a 54 year old male. I am of normal weight,don't smoke or drink. I recently had a double hernia surgery. I am 5 weeks out from surgery. I am unable to do much physical exertion. I checked my blood pressure and it read 136 over 80. When should a person see a dr about this ? Also how do you get true reading ? Everytime I take it I get different reading. I heard somebody say take it four times in a row and use a average, another person said use the last reading.
Thank You.
Doug.

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Good evening, Doug.

Your blood pressure should be less than 140/90.  The pressure you gave is less than 140/90, therefore, it is normal.

It is also normal for your pressure to fluctuate, as long as it is consistently less than 140/90.

If you blood pressure is less than 140/90 and you are not diabetic, you needn't see a doctor.

Thanks for the question.

Dr Falkinburg

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Newell R. Falkinburg, M.D. FACP

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Any question regarding hypertension or clinical nephrology

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35 years of experience in the field of nephrology & hypertension. Emeritus Professor of clinical Medicine at a major medical school and director of Nephrology & Hypertension at a university affiliated medical center.

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M.D. Board certified internal medicine Board certified Nephrology & hypertension

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