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My Blood Pressure Fluctuates From High To Low
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
Had back surgery a week ago and my blood pressure has been continually fluctuating from high to low. I have been feeling nauseous and dizzy.
Spine surgery dizzy: Many spine surgeries have to open the cord covering (dura) to repair the i problem. Occasionally a tear will develop after closure causing a leak of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which can cause your symptoms. Notify your surgeon to evaluate this possibility, or look for other complications. ...Read more
My blood pressure fluncuates between extreamly low to extreamly high as does my pulse. What is a safe normal fluncuating number i know 120/80 is ideal?
Varies: Older a person is, and the more risk factors for stroke and heart disease, the more dangerous fluctuations could be. Normal to have large fluctuations during exercise, extreme anxiety/stress. If at rest, something may be wrong. Heart rhythm testing, checking for medical conditions that could cause this- hyperthyroidism, adrenal problems- is needed. BP can feel like it is fluctuating and be normal. ...Read more
What are the causes of blood pressure to fluctuate many times during the day from "high" to relatively "normal"?
Not unusual: The blood pressure even when normal varies from minute to minute even. It is not uncommon for a patient in the dr.'s office to have a high blood pressure when that patient first comes in and for it to be lower later. Stress and activity will effect it. It is normal for the blood pressure to go up during and right after exertion. Some patients have more labile BP than others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not the numbers: A normal BP is less than or equal to 135 on top and 85 on bottom. The lower, the better unless you're dizzy or passing out. Some very healthy people normally run a BP of 80-90 on the top number and that's fine. High bps increase long term risk. Very high bps (like >200/>110) that are also associated with symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness or confusion are considered an emergency. ...Read more
Normal: This is a normal blood pressure in a young person (or a healthy older person too for that matter) a normal pressure is 120/80 or lower. The top number is created when the heart beats or pushes forward. Your systolic is 93. The bottom number is called diastolic. Your diastolic is 66. The diastolic number is when the heart rests in between beats. 93/66 looks fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See doc: Check with a doctor. This may need treatment and certainly warrants evaluation. Cut back salt. Lose weight. Keep a blood pressure diary for a month. Check it at scheduled times, 3 times a week (one during the morning, one evening, one afternoon) not based on how you are feeling. Sit for 20 to 30 minutes before taking it, and don't have caffeine for an hour before taking it. ...Read more
Can blood pressure fluctuate significantly back to back tests? First one 129/87, second 119/79. Fluctuates a lot day to day. Sometimes high, some norm
Yes: It may fluctuate minute to minute. Those measurements are normal and you should NOT be checking your BP. As you can see: it will drive you nuts, without any benefit (unless you are on medications, have symptoms or your doctor suggested it). What you are doing will do more harm than good!!!! ...Read more
Treat it: Isolated systolic hypertension is typical in the elderly. Treat it with a target systolic BP of. ...Read more
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