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Doctor insights on: Wildly Fluctuating Blood Pressure

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What could cause wildly fluctuating blood pressure?

What could cause wildly fluctuating blood pressure?

Several reasons...: Anxiety, inadequate medication, withdrawl effects from certain medications such as Clonidine which may not be administered frequently enough to last 24 hours and excess salt intake are some of the causes. Rarely conditions such as pheochromocytoma (tumours secreting adrenaline) can cause fluctuating and episodic high blood pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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Why is my blood pressure fluctuating wildly?

Why is my blood pressure fluctuating wildly?

It depends: It is normal for ones blood pressure to vary from moment to moment. Check your pressure each morning, sitting and standing, for 1 or 2 weeks. The major determinant of a significant change usually is the amount of salt one ingests (for example, the day after a salty meal, one expects a significant rise in blood pressure). If ones pressure is consistently greater than 125 systolic, see your dr. ...Read more

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Why does your blood pressure fluctuate?

Why does your blood pressure fluctuate?

It needs to adjust: If it didn't you would faint every time you stood up. It needs to adjust to gravity and temperature as well as other conditions. ...Read more

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Is it normal for blood pressure to fluctuate?

Is it normal for blood pressure to fluctuate?

BP variation: Yes. BP changes with every heart beat. This is controlled by many systems in your body. The goal of this regulation is to keep blood flow to your brain constant. BP tends to go down when you go to sleep and be higher in AM than PM. Best way to learn this in yourself is to take your own BP and observe. It is normal for it to vary by at least 40/20 around the clock. ...Read more

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Why does my blood pressure fluctuate so much.

Why does my blood pressure fluctuate so much.

BP Varies: It is normal for the blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day. Being active, feeling stressed or having strong emotional thoughts, caffeine, salt intake, and many other factors can make the blood pressure rise. Resting or relaxing, sleeping, deep breathing or meditation can lower the blood pressure. ...Read more

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Exactly how much should blood pressure fluctuate?

Exactly how much should blood pressure fluctuate?

A lot, say 30 points: Pressure varies a lot throughout the day. When a person exercises, the pressure can normally go up from 110/70 to 180/90. Many people have higher pressure in the morning when they wake up and it goes down throughout the day. Pressure is lowest while sleeping, normal is <120/70. Expect the top number to vary by 30 points throughout the day, routinely. ...Read more

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Is it normal for blood pressure to fluctuate from 99/63, 101/71 to 124/70?

Is it normal for blood pressure to fluctuate from 99/63, 101/71 to 124/70?

Probably: Blood pressure fluctuates and there is also the possibility of inaccurate readings from time to time. For long term health maintenance, average blood pressure is probably most important. For more immediate health concerns, it is important to discuss symptoms that may be associated with high or low pressures with your physician so that any untoward effects on health can be assessed. ...Read more

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What are the causes of blood pressure to fluctuate many times during the day from "high" to relatively "normal"?

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 more

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My blood pressure keeps on fluctuating... is it anything to worry about? ... What would be the best medication? ..

My blood pressure keeps on fluctuating... is it anything to worry about? ... What would be the best medication? ..

BP fluctuates: Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day depending on position, hydration, activity and time of day. You would not need to take any medication and less the blood pressure is in the hypertensive range consistently or is in the hypotensive range and there are symptoms associated with it. ...Read more

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Should blood pressure be lower or equal to 120/80 throughout the day? I heard its normal to fluctuate. How would you know if you have high blood?

Should blood pressure be lower or equal to 120/80 throughout the day? I heard its normal to fluctuate. How would you know if you have high blood?

Blood pressure: Blood pressure is dynamic and is constantly adjusting. The 120/80 is sort of an average normal, a range of 90 to 140 systolic and 60 to 90 diastolic is not unusual. When the blood pressure gets more than 140 at rest or 160 with exercise we begin to worry about hypertension. When the measured blood pressure is most of the time over 140 systolic, this is abnormal, when its over 90 diastolic abnormal ...Read more

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Can blood pressure fluctuate during the day because a second ago it was 139/89 but st night it's 125/77? When is the best time to check to be sure?

Absolutely normal: Blood pressures can fluctuate from second to second and this variation can be both normal and beneficial to your well being. If you truly need to monitor your blood pressure for whatever reason - should be done daily at the same - at rest, sitting down, - I usually recommend as soon as you wake up in AM. ...Read more

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Why does my blood pressure fluctuate so much throughout the day? In the mornings it 120/75-80 afternoon it's 160/90.Anything I can do to bring it down

Why does my blood pressure fluctuate so much throughout the day? In the mornings it 120/75-80 afternoon it's 160/90.Anything I can do to bring it down

Lifestyle first: Start with restricting dietary sodium intake to 2, 000 mg per day. Next, begin a daily fitness program of aerobic exercise minimum 30-40 min daily. If these measures don't stabilize BP then time to see a doctor about it. ...Read more

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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

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Why would I have such a dramatic spontaneous fluctuation in my blood pressure? What could be my problem? I' am a 28 year old male in fairly fit condition but for the last three years I have had episodes of dramatic fluctuations in my blood pressure. My no

Why would I have such a dramatic spontaneous fluctuation in my blood pressure? What could be my problem? I' am a 28 year old male in fairly fit condition but for the last three years I have had episodes of dramatic fluctuations in my blood pressure. My no

The: The most important cause to rule out in situations like this is the presence of a tumor of the adrenal gland, called a pheochromocytoma. Even with these symptoms such a tumor is rarely found. The diagnosis can usually be made by analysis of a 24 hour urine collection or by blood tests.
Other possible causes of these types of symptoms include: panic attacks, labile hypertension, anxiety, hyperthyroidism, migraine headaches, central nervous system lesions, seizures, carcinoid syndrome, drugs (including cocaine, lsd, amphetamines, and others), and tyrosine ingestion combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (which are a type of antidepressant drug).
In many patients with episodic hypertension in whom a pheochromocytoma is not found the cause remains unknown, and treatment is difficult. The symptoms most likely involve activation of the sympathetic system, but the cause of sympathetic activation is unclear. It may stem from emotional factors that are repressed from conscious awareness.
This condition is sometimes called pseudopheochromocytoma, and most often includes rapid elevation of blood pressure; sudden onset of physical symptoms, such as headache, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, flushing, and/or sweating; and a lack of emotional causes, such as fear or panic, although fear can occur as a result of the worrisome physical symptoms. Episodes can last from ten minutes to several hours; they can occur several times per day or only once every few months. Between episodes the blood pressure may be normal or mildly elevated. ...Read more

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Why does blood pressure fluctuate while someone is on blood pressure medicine?

Why does blood pressure fluctuate while someone is on blood pressure medicine?

It always does: It fluctuates in everyone; it has to to adjust to changes, such as gravity. If it didn't, you wouldn't be able to stand after lying down. ...Read more

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Grandmother on 4 blood pressure medications - still having a fluctuating blood pressure reaching 200/100+. Any ideas?

Add meds.: Keep adding medicines until pressure goes down over time. Give appointments every week. Monitor BP at home. Use Clonidine to lower BP higher than 200/100. Even consider Clonidine patch. Refer her to a hypertension specialist, or to a nephrologist (kidney). Rule out pheochromocytoma. ...Read more

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What causes my blood pressure to fluctuate so drastically throughout the day and evening. It actually gets lower after exercise?

What causes my blood pressure to fluctuate so drastically throughout the day and evening. It actually gets lower after exercise?

Probably age: As one gets older and at risk of persistent high blood pressure, vessels become much more subject to variable constriction. Noticing this as you have is very good: let your md know about it. He or she may want to study your responses a bit further and perhaps treat early. ...Read more

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What are the causes for high blood pressure to fluctuate randomly?

How much?: All bps normally fluctuate. BP meds can exaggerate this as they are absorbed and lower BP and wear off with release of BP control. Aging exaggerates it as blood vessel elasticity wanes. An extremely rare (1 in a million) tumor called pheochromocytoma can cause it -unlikely that you have that! ...Read more

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I have fluctuating high blood pressure. What shoul I do?

I have fluctuating high blood pressure. What shoul I do?

If it fluctuates: It is due to unstable nervous (automatic) controls and in my experience is usually a sign of poor diet, especially sugar in all its forms. ...Read more

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Have severe pressure in lower right side of head, worse at night. I have high fluctuating blood pressure.

Have severe pressure in lower right side of head, worse at night. I have high fluctuating blood pressure.

Exam needed: Because of your age & complaints it is best for you to seek a doctor's evaluation right away. Take care ---- ...Read more

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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

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For what reasons would someone's blood pressure continuously fluctuate between hypertension and hypotension?

For what reasons would someone's blood pressure continuously fluctuate between hypertension and hypotension?

Labile bp: Wide fluctuations of bp may be related to fluctuations in heart rate. They an occur with anxiety, exposure to cold, presence of tumors which secrete epinephrine a or norepinephrine (pheochromocytoma) or in people with autonomic dysfunction where the reflexes to sense and regulate bp are poor. Labile bp makes it difficult to prescribe set doses of medications, so patients must monitor their bp often ...Read more

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Is it normal for bpto fluctuate during change of activity from 103/70 to 133/86 just walking upstairs? I usually have low blood pressure but notice thse flucuations at home.

Normal for BP: Blood pressure varies throughout the day and with many factors such as exercise, pain, caffeine/nicotine and so on. Those numbers are fine. It is worth considering your fitness though, as some changes could be from not being in as good a shape as when younger. ...Read more

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Fluctuating blood pressures range from 130 to 200 systolic. Recent onset of seizures. EEG came back normal. 4 months postpartum. Can it be eclampsia?

Fluctuating blood pressures range from 130 to 200 systolic. Recent onset of seizures. EEG came back normal. 4 months postpartum. Can it be eclampsia?

No.: Eclampsia occurs during pregnancy, not afterward. New onset seizures requires investigation, including brain imaging (e.g., MRI). Rarely adrenal tumors can cause wildly fluctuating blood pressure. You need thorough medical assessment. ...Read more