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He might be on ACE inhibitors which notoriously cause coughing as an idiosyncratic side effect. When they do, you often have to switch to something else. People who keep taking meds that cause serious side effects can suffer terribly, and so can people who quit all meds because one gives them a side effect when they really need something. The doc needs to know and needs to know WHY.
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Since that article was written there are new standards 140/90, and higher if the elder is much older.

I wish this website would update their articles.
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Abb788, As it turns out this has been answered here at Agingcare.com: here's the link to click on: https://www.agingcare.com/articles/What-is-normal-blood-pressure-for-elders-108019.htm
It says stay below 140/90.
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Abb, I also heard that the normal blood pressure reading has gone up a bit... I think you need to verify with your primary doctor or cardiologist what is best for you, and if you have other medical issues that can influence the readings. As we age it is normal for the pressure to start creeping up.
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At 88 years I am confused abour what my blood pressure range should be.As far back as I can remember my blood pressure was considered normal for a younf ,husky active young man, and doctors wanted it below 140. Now, however, I am told that a higher blood pressure is desireable. I would like to know if there are any charts that tell us older fellows what are good ranges for our age.
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Dad does not have trouble taking the medication as far as swallowing he has had side effects each time with one of the blood pressure medications (fluid build up in the lungs and coughing) He has determined for himself that there is no medication to take that will not react the same way. He has tried two. I am worried and concerned what could happen if he does not communicate with the Doctor. I asked him to see the Doctor to let him know he is not taking the medication but my step mother threw a fit that it was not anyone elses business but theirs. I am not too happy about that one. Wish I could get a POA on him but he will not agree yet.
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This alarms me because bloodpressure is very important. My Mom was never easy about the pills going down but she "wuvsicecream" so I would say no pills no icecream. Or if she wanted something else I would say not until you take your pills, everytime she would say I hate taking pills, but eventually it became so routine that she would remind me, "I cannot eat you didn't give me my pills yet" I agree that communicating with Dr. is very important.
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Yes you are correct by letting the doctor know for records, because he can then search for an alternative as treatment . If anything happens differently to him, the doctor would already have clues and know which treatment to provide thereof.
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