Hypertension/Wide pulse pressure
I don't have high blood pressure, it is usually in the 120/80 range. But occasionally when I take it at home it will be more like 130/64. I had read that is a bigger stretch then normal. Is this something I should be concerned about? I do have PVCs, so would it be possible that the cuff is missing a beat and therefore not getting a correct reading?
Good evening, Linda.
Both of those pressures are well within the normal range for a non-diabetic and require no attention.
The "stretch" to which you refer, I think is the pulse pressure (the difference between the systolic and diastolic values or 130-64 = 66) is higher than the other value but is not abnormal and requires no attention.
You should know that pressures in the 120's and 130's are considered by some to represent pre-hypertension because many, with such pressures, will go on to develop hypertension (a blood pressure above 139/99). Therefore, it would be prudent for you to monitor your blood pressure at least annually and entertain lifestyle changes such as limiting your salt ingestion, weight loss, if you are overweight and a vigorous aerobic exercise program.
Hope this is useful to you and thanks for using Allexperts.