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Hi John! :wave:

You asked: [I]if anyone else had numbers that are slightly high and fluctuated and their doctors did not place them on BP meds?[/I]

I figured that I would add to this conversation by showing how much my blood pressure fluctuates, throughout an average 24 hour day. While I am not exactly answering your question, perhaps my input will be of help to you.

I am posting two charts, showing how much my blood pressure fluctuates during the day. [U]It fluctuates quite a bit![/U] :dizzy:

The first chart, showing my "average" blood pressure for the entire year of 2009 (age 65), shows my healthy [U]Diastolic[/U] BP range. The scale starts at the Diastolic level of 61, and the hours listed begin at 1am and run 24 hours until midnight.

The numbers represent hours of the day from 01 thru hour 24, or 1am thru 12am.

To read the following chart, the * represents the BP Diastolic reading. The average Diastolic reading at 1am was 71. At 2am the reading was 73. At 7pm (hour 19) the Diastolic was 77.

The lowest hour's average, 63, was at 7am. The highest hour's average, 83, was at 5pm (hour 17).

I just wanted to show how even healthy BP fluctuated during the day, and it's easier to see the pattern thru a chart, no matter how primitive.

Hr ________70________80________90

01 __________*
02 ____________*
03 _______*
04 __________*
05 __________*
06 _________*
07 __*
08 ____*
09 ________*
10 ________*
11 __________*
12 ____________*
13 ____________*
14 _________________*
15 ________________*
16 ___________________*
17 ______________________*
18 _______________*
19 ________________*
20 _____________*
21 ____________*
22 ____________*
23 _________________*
24 _______________*


The next chart was created from my unhealthy blood pressure averages for the entire year of 1998 (age 54), which was the first year that I started taking my blood pressure at home. I was shocked that my blood pressure was that high, with unhealthy levels throughout the day and night. I didn't know what to do. It took years of frustration, anxiety and worsening health before I was finally able to get my blood pressure down to healthy levels. My Cardiologist just kept saying that, with Heart Failure, it was normal to have higher blood pressure, and that it was OK to have the type of high blood pressure levels that I was having.

To read the following chart, the * represents the BP Diastolic reading. My average Diastolic reading during 1998, at 1am, was 104, at 6am 98, at 11am 88, at 4pm (hour 16) 99, at 10pm (hour 22) 103.

Hr ________70________80________90_______100 _______110

01 ________________________________________ ___*
02 ________________________________*
03 _________________________*
04 _______________________________*
05 ____________________________________*
06 _____________________________________*
07 ________________________________________ *
08 ________________________________________ _*
09 _______________________________________*
10 ________________________________*
11 ___________________________*
12 ______________________________*
13 ________________________________*
14 __________________________________*
15 ____________________________________*
16 ______________________________________*
17 _____________________________________*
18 _____________________________________*
19 ____________________________________*
20 ______________________________________*
21 ________________________________________ *
22 ________________________________________ __*
23 ________________________________________ *
24 ________________________________________ ___*

As far as you getting on blood pressure medications? Have you considered changes to diet and/or increasing exercise first, before starting on medications. Some BP medications can cause unpleasant side effects.





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