High blood pressure level not going down.?

My dad is 70 years old. Since a month, he has high blood pressure -the highest reading was at 180/80. He isn't obese, and doesn't  drink alcohol.

Despite exercises and dietary changes since the past few weeks , it is still fluctuating from 150 to 170 (systolic) . Diastolic reading is 80-88.

Should he start medications? Pls help.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    The readings seem a bit high, but only a doctor can determine what you should do.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He needs 3 blood pressure readings daily for a week and then work out an average. He MUST sit back in his chair and relax for 4 or 5 minutes before taking a reading. The cuff needs to be level with his heart.  It should be possible to bet him back down to 130/80 with standard medication from the doctor. Candesartan might be good for someone of his age but ONLY on a doctor's recommendation.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If some one tells you, here on YA, that he is dehydrated & that he should eat more salt, do him a favor & ignore that answer.

  • 1 month ago

    He should see a doctor and get medication definitely. High blood pressure can cause a heart attack or stroke. Diastolic is good but systolic should be about 120. He should get a blood test for cholesterol too. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Well if he feels fine with no chest pain or chest tightness then he could go to the doctor and slowly start doing tests such as ekg, echo, and eve a ct scan just to be sure everything is fine. 

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes he should and continue with his diet.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He needs to get on medication, yes. He also needs to continue the dietary changes and exercise. Clearly they're helping somewhat, but they have not reduced it to a safe level.

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