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A 44-year-old male asked:

what is the normal range of blood pressure fluctuation? e.g. is a spike of 140/90 but after a minute relaxing 120/80 still high & needing treatment?

5 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Blood pressure. : Hypertension is defined as greater than 140/90. In diabetics greater than 135/90. Stress physical or emotional can cause transient elevation. Should generally not be treated.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
No this sounds : Like normal variation.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
This is normal: And does not require treatment.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Normal: No treatment required.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Normal: No treatment needed.

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