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A 50-year-old member asked about a 50-year-old male:

I am 50+. my average bp is 110/70. 02 weaks ago it went up to 140/90. but since then i keep a reord. now average is 120/80. is it normal?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Blood pressure: It fluctuates depending on your stress level, what you were doing, what other medications you took that day. Keep track and determine your pattern, i would not stress out from one reading.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not to fret.: 120/80 is a good blood pressure. Remember that our blood pressure fluctuates a lot. I have patients that come in with sky high blood pressures- they are running late, hit traffic, smoke a cigarette, drink a bunch of coffee, run up the stairs, are nervous to get their blood pressure taken, are stressed, etc. All these things can contribute to the BP reading going up temporarily. Take care.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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