Submitted by Dr T on July 27, 2012 – 8:21am
Your blood pressure variations from 130-135/80-85 are within normal limits. Whether you need better control (i.e. to a BP around 120) depends on other risk factors such as your age and other cardiac risks.
The major goal of high blood pressure (hypertension) treatment is the reduction of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including stroke. In most persons with hypertension, especially those age >50 years, the primary focus should be on achieving a blood pressure <140/90 mmHg since that is directly associated with a decrease in CVD complications. In patients with hypertension and diabetes or renal disease, the BP goal is <130/80 mmHg.
Another factor to be considered is the effect of a high BP on your heart, usually checked with an echocardiogram.
Other than living a hearthealthy lifestyle, I don’t recommend self-medication of any kind.
Hope this helps,