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Alwz my 1st BP reading high. My first reading 155/87 after few minutes it's 126/74 and 122/70. So I want to know which one is correct.?

Alwz my 1st BP reading high. My first reading 155/87 after few minutes it's 126/74 and 122/70. So I want to know which one is correct.?

Measure BP correctly: Probably the second or third. Remember that if you have to measure BP you should do it after resting 5-10 min, relaxed, sitting down and not after rushing and worried about bp. At age 24, if you are healthy and without the diagnosis of hbp, you should not measure your BP routinely unless ordered by your md. Read more

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I only get elevated BP readings under stress as high as 192/112 but then as low as 100/60 when relaxed. What is going on?

I only get elevated BP readings under stress as high as 192/112 but then as low as 100/60 when relaxed. What is going on?

Ans: Not uncommon. Under stress or anxiety bp can rise. Now at your age however be checked to be sure the elevation of bp is from stress and not another underlying etiology. Read more

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Can small BP cuff cause high readings. I have normal bp, machine reads error then high readings after new batteries or cuff I get normal readings.

Can small BP cuff cause high readings. I have normal bp, machine reads error then high readings after new batteries or cuff I get normal readings.

Absolutely: If the blood pressure cuff is too small/tight around your arm it will cause a falsely elevated blood pressure. Conversely if the cuff is to large and loose around the arm a falsely low blood pressure will result. Read more

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I have sinus and hypertension. Am on bp med. But readings still high. Sinus is killing me especially in winter. What do I do?

I have sinus and hypertension. Am on bp med. But readings still high. Sinus is killing me especially in winter. What do I do?

Sinus congestion: Ah, Zambia is in the Southern hemisphere so your approaching winter is our approaching summer! Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/sinus-congestion for non-drug options to treat sinus congestion. Avoid decongestants as you're doing as they can increase blood pressure. Chat w/your FamilyDoc about nasal steroids, antihistamines (nasal & oral) & leukotriene inhibitor. Etc. Read more

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What's the best trestment for white coat syndrome? I get soooo nervous at dr. Appts and get an insanely high BP reading but normal at home.

What's the best trestment for white coat syndrome? I get soooo nervous at dr. Appts and get an insanely high BP reading but normal at home.

See below: You've taken the first step by acknowledging your difficulty. Psychologically the next step would be to identify your fears specifically and then confront them rationally careful to remove our tendency to catastrophize. Let your doctors know of your fear so they can help. There is a very nice review here: http://www. Webmd. Com/anxiety-panic/features/beyond-white-coat-syndrome? Read more

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After running/walking for 40 min I took a high bp reading and it came out high 140/90. Is this bad? I am 25 years old with no history of high bp?

After running/walking for 40 min I took a high bp reading and it came out high 140/90. Is this bad? I am 25 years old with no history of high bp?

Time of BP Reading: It depends on when you measured your BP. It is not unusual to be high immediately after moderate - vigorous exercise but your BP will drop down to normal (120/80 or less) after resting for a few hours. If it stays persistently elevated even when you don't exercise then you will need to follow up with your doctor. Take care Read more

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I seem to always get a high BP reading in the dr. Office. I was worried and started checking at home and BP is normal. Would I need anxiety meds maybe?

I seem to always get a high BP reading in the dr. Office. I was worried and started checking at home and BP is normal. Would I need anxiety meds maybe?

Anxiety and BP: Your high BP reading in the dr's office suggests worried thinking/anxiety associated with the dr visit. This by itself may not require anti-anxiety medication, but if you suffer from anxiety in other situations it may be helpful to consider it. Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy may be of help in reducing your anxiety. Read more

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Last 2010 I have 3 high BP reading. Blood and urine test all normal except for highldl. My father have htn. Is it coz of kdney dse? My BP now alwys120/80

Last 2010 I have 3 high BP reading. Blood and urine test all normal except for highldl. My father have htn. Is it coz of kdney dse? My BP now alwys120/80

Familial: The great majority of hypertension cases are familial rather than due to kidney disease. To prevent your blood pressure from becoming high, avoid excess salt, maintain a good weight and exercise regularly. You need dietary advice to lower your ldl. You have no evidence of kidney disease. Read more

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Is a BP reading of 134 over 95 too high.

Is a BP reading of 134 over 95 too high.

See your GP: Although this BP reading is higher than optimal a couple of points need to be considered.
Firstly we never treat BP on a one off reading, it needs to be high over time.
Secondly in NZ BP treatment is based on your overall risk of cardiovascular disease. Your GP can calculate this for you.
Treatment starts with weight loss and exercise and dietary advice before moving to meds.
Discuss with your GP Read more

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My 1st BP reading is 134/82, 2nd reading 122/77 and 3rd 116/74. Why my 1st reading alwz high and which reading should I consider?

My 1st BP reading is 134/82, 2nd reading 122/77 and 3rd 116/74. Why my 1st reading alwz high and which reading should I consider?

Average: I would use the one in the middle as it represents the average (we treat the average not the individual blood pressure). All three are normal. Read more

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I'm usually nervous when getting my BP checked at dr office and get a ridiculous high reading but get a good one at home. What can I do about it?

I'm usually nervous when getting my BP checked at dr office and get a ridiculous high reading but get a good one at home. What can I do about it?

Calibrate your cuff!: I ask my patients to record their blood pressure readings at home and then bring in both their readings & their BP machine. Then I check their BP using their cuff and our office machine w/o changing position in between. That tells me whether your cuff reads high or low compared to ours and allows me to better interpret your readings at home. And be sure to use right size cuff for your arm. Read more

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For 4 years I had single reading BP 150/80, 140/80, 130/90 at work settings. Now my BP is consistently @120/70-80day and night. Is my risk of CKD high? Pls

For 4 years I had single reading BP 150/80, 140/80, 130/90 at work settings. Now my BP is consistently @120/70-80day and night. Is my risk of CKD high? Pls

CKD?: You are awfully young to have hypertension, (h) as you started at age 19. Did they investigate you for a secondary cause of h, such as a conn's tumor? You major risk of CKD is your protein in your urine (p). Get a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and p. You will probably need to start an drug such as ramipril 20 mg/day to reduce your p. People with p have more heart attacks, strokes and ckd. Read more

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Dumb question. How do I know if I really have high bp. I get low readings and high readings. What's going on here?

Dumb question. How do I know if I really have high bp. I get low readings and high readings. What's going on here?

Take BP properly!: Know that your BP varies in 24 hrs. Make sure that your sygmomanometer is well calibrated. You may get low BP readings if you are dehydrated especially in gym! Read more

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"if" someone does have high bp, do the readings usually stay high the whole day/evening or do they lower at times to "normal".

"if" someone does have high bp, do the readings usually stay high the whole day/evening or do they lower at times to "normal".

Fluctuate: BP normally fluctuates. High BP is defined as "basal" bp, that is, BP that remain elevated, on average, at complete rest in a calm comfortable setting. BP is dynamic (always changing) and high levels during exercise is healthy/physiologic. High levels at rest are not. Conversely, BP averages are used, so occ. Normal pressure at rest with a high average still needs to be controlled. Read more

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My BP varies so much that I really don't know if I have high bp. Some readings good and some are a little high. How go I know if I need meds?

My BP varies so much that I really don't know if I have high bp. Some readings good and some are a little high. How go I know if I need meds?

Good Question: Best time to check your BP is early am, so buy a machne and check your BP and let your doctor know if it's more than 140/90 or 130/80 if you are a diabetic. If you smoke or drink excess alcohol and have a family history of high BP you will have it most likely. Read more

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