U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 61-year-old male asked:

Hi doctors. i blood pressure medications, losartan 100 mg & metoprolol er 100 mg. at the nephrologist my blood pressure was 120/70. at the cardiologist a week later it was 145/80. i often get variable numbers. is this variability in readings normal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Fluctuation of the blood pressure is common. Anxiety, apprehension etc could have made your blood pressure go up. Current recommendation recommends that the BP be recorded after several minutes of rest, with the patient seated and not engaging in conversation. In addition, depending on the timing of the BP with respect to taking the medications may also explain the difference.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes, variability in BP is common and differences between blood pressure machines and technique itself, specifically allowing for time for the blood pressure to settle are involved among others. Only 1 doc should make changes on your blood pressure meds, ideally your nephrologist or your primary care doc.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Related questions

Last updated Nov 1, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.