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I get a blood pressure reading of 147/93 sitting and 125/76 lying down. Which one is the correct one to use to diagnose hypertension?

I get a blood pressure reading of 147/93 sitting and 125/76 lying down. Which one is the correct one to use to diagnose hypertension?

More measurements: To answer correctly, it is better to get more measurements, in one position. Sitting up is usually the measurement that people use in determining blood pressure. See your primary care provider for more information.

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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How do I get high blood pressure down?

How do I get high blood pressure down?

Lifestyle changes: Try lifestyle changes first: - don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product. - lose weight if you're overweight. - exercise regularly. - eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat. - limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. - try relaxation techniques or biofeedback.

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I got high blood pressure how do I bring it down?

I got high blood pressure how do I bring it down?

Depends: If you discovered this during a doctor's visit, ask that doctor for advice. It is important how high each reading is and other facts too. Very high may need medication and close monitoring. A bit high could respond to lifestyle changes: diet, smoking, stress, exercise, etc. Pharmacies, libraries, clinics - even gyms will have handouts - so will your doctor. Good for you! Best wishes.

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What should I do to take down my high blood pressure?

What should I do to take down my high blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Mediterranean diet, salt care, regular aerobic and weight exercise and periodic blood pressure checks. Keep weight down. Work with your doctor to see if meds are needed.

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Bp goes down on days I forget to take my high blood pressure meds?

Bp goes down on days I forget to take my high blood pressure meds?

Unusual: This is certainly not what is expected! I am glad you are following your bp. It would help to know what the numbers are, what other meds you take (i see the list above). It may be that something else is going on with your medical conditions. I recommend you follow-up with your physician to see what is going on.

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Best foods to lower down hypertension or high blood pressure. Thanks?

Best foods to lower down hypertension or high blood pressure. Thanks?

Simple is better: Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and less salt. The more processed the food is, the more likelihood is that it will contain salt and other preservatives that may adversely affect bp. Also, increasing exercise and weight loss help. If there is any question of sleep apnea, get tested. That, too, can increase bp.

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Given that if you exercise your blood pressure eventually goes down if you have a high blood pressure, but why?

Given that if you exercise your blood pressure eventually goes down if you have a high blood pressure, but why?

Not exactlly: Shortly after exercise, BP falls as you cool down. This is because your blood vessels dilated with exercise as you open vascular beds in your muscles and your total peripheral resistance falls. This is a short term effect and has no long term benefit for controlling hbp

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Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

Yes: A child can inherit the predisposition for high blood pressure, but the environment can help decrease the incidence of it showing up. Help your child to eat healthy to maintain normal weight and to decrease salt intake.

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What happens when high blood pressure won't go down even when taking medication?

What happens when high blood pressure won't go down even when taking medication?

Depends: What med (s) are you on? Are you at maximum dose of each? How high is the blood pressure? Are you overweight? Are you diabetic? Docs have a number of different BP meds that work by different mechanisms; so they can change meds, increase doses, add another med. Exercise & eat healthful meals to attain proper weight & relieve stress.

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Is it true that some of Chinese tea can help lower down the high blood pressure?

Is it true that some of Chinese tea can help lower down the high blood pressure?

NO may calm u down: But only thing will help to is by proven medications under your doctor's supervision and will prevent complications from blood pressure.

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Can Hibiscus tea can lower down high blood pressure?

NO: Proven, right medications under your doctor can lower your blood pressure, prevent complications, like stroke, heart attack etc, please your doctor and take hibiscus tea as health supplement.

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Is it dangerous to hang upside down on a teeters hangups device, if I have high blood pressure for example?

Is it dangerous to hang upside down on a teeters hangups device, if I have high blood pressure for example?

Not if short: It should be safe if you keep it to only a few minutes at a time.

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I have high blood pressure should I take beer once in awhile? I smoke too but I am cutting down to like ten sticks a day.

I have high blood pressure should I take beer once in awhile? I smoke too but I am cutting down to like ten sticks a day.

High blood pressure: Recommendations are not more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men. Most importantly you should stop smoking. If your pressure is borderline, just stopping smirking will help you the most. Adding exercise will also help to lower your blood pressure.

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My father age is 63 yrs. Last 3 months he was suffering from high blood pressure but suddenly blood pressure goes down below and flatuate cont...?

Common: Blood presssure is normally fuctuating. One minute you many have 120/80 and the next if you are anxious or stressed out could be 200/100. Stress, lack of activity, salt, alcohol, other meds, your weight, can aggressively affect your minute to minute bp.

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I am on high blood pressure tablets but wen I exercise it comes down when I don't it goes up so I feel tablets are useless waste of time and money? ?

I am on high blood pressure tablets but wen I exercise it comes down when I don't it goes up so I feel tablets are useless waste of time and money? ?

Regular exercise: Weight loss and a healthy diet can control blood pressure. If you can keep it down without medicine great! But you have to stick with it and monitor your BP daily if you go off meds.

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I got high blood pressure and I went to my doctor he say it might be high cause of salt so how do I bring it down?

I got high blood pressure and I went to my doctor he say it might be high cause of salt so how do I bring it down?

Follow your Doctor: I would take the medication as prescribed by your physician. If you are overweight and/or are not exercising then both of those life style choices have to be changed for the better. Eat less sugar and less salt.

Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more