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Unread 02-20-2003, 09:49 AM
question about BP?

Hi girls, well as some of you know I"ve been headaches again for a few weeks, yesterday being particularly bad......the nurse at my pre-admission appt on Mon said that my BP was high then and I should keep an eye on it so last night I went to the drugstore and checked it on the automatic thing they have there and it said it was 137/100.......I was wondering if anyone could compare notes with me.......I know that the thing at the pharmacy said anything over 90 on the bottom number is considered high...thanks!
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Unread 02-20-2003, 10:53 AM
Hey gidge,

I went to the American Heart Association website and found this chart:

"Diagnosis of high blood pressure is based on the average of two or more readings taken at each of two or more visits after an initial screening.

Classification of blood pressure for adults age 18 years and older, with recommended follow-up...

High normal 130-139 over 85-89 Follow-up— Recheck in 1 year
Hypertension
STAGE 1 140-159 over 90-99 Follow-up—Confirm within 2 months"

My BP ranges from 120/80 to 138/100. Sometimes when I go to a doctor it can be high (white coat syndrome) and then other times it's perfectly normal (120/80). I would say your best bet is to do what the nurse said, and keep an eye on it.
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Unread 02-20-2003, 10:58 AM
question about BP?

thanks for the info Sheila!!!
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Unread 02-20-2003, 01:16 PM
question about BP?

Gidge,
Last year I had a problem with wildly fluctuating blood pressure readings. In the past I've always been low normal, than after the hyst I tended to high normal, than last year it really went bonkers. My doctor never seemed to concerned, even when I asked him about it. Than again I didn't care for him much anyways. Now my blood pressure has stabalized and it's back to being low normal.

All this to say most definetly keep an eye on it. I've been thinking about getting one of those home blood pressure kits just so I can keep an eye on mine.

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Unread 02-20-2003, 01:34 PM
question about BP?

Gidge:

Starting to wonder if I have white coat syndrome as well or whether or not I have a real problem with my BP.

Twice now, maybe 3 times my BP has been elevated at my doctor's office. Once was when I was going in to talk about surgery and the other was when I was having some pain that really distressed me about a month ago. My normal BP is around 128/70.

The nurse that took my BP was pretty upset both times (I think one time it was 150/90 and the other 160/100). My doc said nothing. Not one word.

Went last week and it was 130/90. Nurse was concerned. Doc said nothing. And, I did not think to bring it up either.

After reading the info from the AHA [thanks sheila] I probably need to monitor my own BP for awhile. My dad had a history of high blood pressure [220/140 unmedicated] and died from cardiac arrest at 49. Compared to my Dad, I never thought my BP was all that bad.

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Unread 02-20-2003, 02:08 PM
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thanks girls

I wouldn't even of thought of it if it weren't for these darn daily headaches....and then I remembered when I was taking a higher dose of hrt my BP was up and I was having them then, we reduced my dosage and it settled back down almost immediately.

Today is no different the headache is there so I will check it on my way home......thanks for the input!!! 's!!!!
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Unread 02-20-2003, 07:43 PM
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I've been dealing with hypertension for 12 years or more. Been on meds that long. Gidge -- that's high!! Probably what is causing your headaches. It's definitely nothing to mess with...please let your know.
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Unread 02-21-2003, 09:17 AM
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thanks for sharing that!!! I tested it again last night on my way home as I had the headache again and it was 137/94, better then the night before but still higher then normal....I'm going to watch it over the weekend and test it periodically and see what happens.....I'm having alot of stress at work and am still super tired all the time (which my doc can't explain) that coupled with the bladder issues and joint pain etc isn't helping........I'll keep y'all posted
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Unread 02-21-2003, 05:53 PM
definitely watch the BP

Hi,
I'm yet another sister with wildly fluctuating blood pressure. When I get nervous, which is often and the doctors it has been as high as 160/100 and prior to my last surgery it was 180/110! Somtimes, it's normal, other times not. My family doc has me get it checked but I'm not on any meds as of yet. Gaining weight certainly hasn't helped me much, that's yet another issue. One thing, I was never able to take birth control pills because they definitely caused me to have high blood pressure. I also get the headaches because of it. I hope you are able to find a healthy solution.
Love, Light, Blessings
Druid
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Unread 02-21-2003, 07:15 PM
question about BP?

Gidge, just wanted to put my 2cents in!

I dealt with migraine headaches for a number of years and when I finally found a good doctor my blood pressure was reading 140/100, she was concerned because of my family history of high blood pressure and also diabetes so she put me on prinivil 10mg and probably within a few days my blood pressure went to about 110/70 and my weekly (maybe even more than that) migraines were drastically reduced to maybe once every two to three months and I am in Calgary (Chinook winds & Arches) I think probably one of the worst places for people with migraines! She also put me on prinivil to protect my kidneys due to my family history of diabetes. I did go to see a specialist several years ago when I first started the medication and he agreed with what my Dr. was doing, he also said you can tell alot from the blood vessels in a persons eyes, I can't remember exactly what, but something to do with the shape of them. Anyway since I have been on the medication my blood pressure has been completely under control. Hope all turns out well for you!

Lori
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