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A 48-year-old male asked:

my bp varies so much that i really don't know if i have high bp. some readings good and some are a little high. how go i know if i need meds?

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Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
Specializes in Family Medicine
Good Question: Best time to check your BP is early am, so buy a machne and check your BP and let your doctor know if it's more than 140/90 or 130/80 if you are a diabetic. If you smoke or drink excess alcohol and have a family history of high BP you will have it most likely.
Dr. Hiram Rodriguez
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
HBP: Hello. A few simple rules about high bp. BP should always be measured at rest for a few minutes with arm elevated at heart level to be accurate. Digital machines are typically a little off so best to use a manual one if possible. High BP by definition is > 140/90. It takes 2 readings at least a week or so apart to imply a diagnosis. Typically a doc will recommend lifestyle changes before meds.

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