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High Blood Pressure Lying Down
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?
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I am trying to cut down on soda since I have high blood pressure and acid re flux issues. I am seeking advice for alternatives along with water.?
Water: Drinks like propel and Gatorade possibly even diluted can be well tolerated ...Read more
My father has taken Concor and amlodipinefor the High blood Pressure. But his plus rate go down unil 49-53.then dr has stopped concor. Is it Ok?
Answer is yes: If heart rate dropping that much best to stop concor and see response to amlodipine alone. Another agent can be added later if needed. ...Read more
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 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 have high blood pressure and I walk 5km 3 times a week and take losartan tablets everyday but my blood pressure is not coming down.?
What to do if I have high blood pressure which would not be go down and except for the pills co-diovan. Can you suggest such a natural alternative?
NO: Lose weight if you're over-weight. Don't smoke or use excessive alcohol. Avoid salt. Exercise regularly. Take your medicines. There are no other "natural" alternatives. The consequences of poorly controlled HTN are: renal failure, stroke, heart failure and heart attack. Overall life expectancy is shortened. ...Read more
My mom head hurts when she sits down or bends down. Doctor said she has migraines. What could it be high blood pressure?
What is high BP?:
A level of blood pressure that has been proven to shorten ones life and a level of BP that if treated prolongs ones life.
The best is to be below120/80. However for treatment we use 135/85 at home as high.
At your age above 135/85 at home would be consider HTN that needs to be lowered. Always try DASH diet first. ...Read more
BP definition.: The blood pressure is the resistance to blood flow through the body. The higher number is the resistance when the heart pumps, and the lower number is the resistance when the heart relaxes and fills. High BP can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and brain. ...Read more
Yes? =140+/90+: If systolic (top #) is repeatedly 140 or higher and/or diastolic (bottom #) 90 or higher, then have hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure. Need to document BP readings from same machine/cuff (home, at store, etc.) w/date & time of day. Take list to your dr for review and discussion of benefit of medication vs likelihood of lifestyle changes lowering bp. ...Read more
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
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
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