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can a blood pressure test be affected by what you ate earlier?

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Dr. Martin Linder
42 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: In most patients a high sodium diet causes the BP to rise. Eating a meal high in salt can cause the BP to go up. This effect is increased in patients with reduced kidney function that can occur with age, diabetes or preexisting high blood pressure.
Answered on Feb 27, 2016
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Dr. Steven Watry
19 years experience General Practice
Yes: Blood pressure is very dynamic, and can change minute to minute. Diet can have a big effect
Answered on Jul 14, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it can: Caffeine ,salt....can affect bp.
Answered on Jul 14, 2014
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Blood pressure.: Certain things can increase blood pressure in the short term - salty meal, sleep deprivation, smoking a cigarette, weight training exercise, stress/anxiety/anger, OTC cold remedies or anti-inflammatories.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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