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[QUOTE=Dano21;5421039] ... I'm 46 yrs old.I smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day.I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. ... My Blood Pressure is running around 200/120 that's the highest.Normally been around 160/90's. ... The Doctor has me on Lisinopril-HCTZ 20-12.5 MG Tabs one a day.And Amlodipine Besylate 5 MG tabs to take one every afternoon.[/QUOTE]

Blood pressure medications lower the blood pressure by an average of 6-7 points systolic and 4-5 points diastolic. You are on two medications, which could lower your blood pressure down to around 185/110 at the highest and down to 145/80's on average.

Caffeine and smoking are huge causes of high blood pressure, so your bp medications have to fight twice as hard to get over the effects of the caffeine and the smoking.

Blood pressure is lower during the early part of the day, and gets higher as the day goes on.

You might find something interesting in my daily, hourly blood pressure patterns.

My average BP for 2003 was [B]151/96[/B] based on 1032 readings. Pretty awful for having worked hard on lowering my blood pressure for FIVE years! :( Thousands of readings, many medicine changes, diet changes, environment changes, and yet, the net fruit of my labor was an average blood pressure of 151/96! Good grief.

The following were my hourly blood pressure readings for the entire year of 2003. If anything, it will give you an idea of how one person's blood pressure varies throughout the day. The averages are listed via the 24 hour clock. So you need to subtract 12 from any time [I]after noon[/I], in order to get the afternoon times. Thus 16 is actually 4pm. At 4pm (16) my readings were 146/92 based on 59 readings. At 10pm (22) my readings were 163/103 based on 60 readings.

Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2003 through Dec 31, 2003
[LIST][*]1 141/86 # 3[*]2 144/90 # 6[*]3 143/93 # 7[*]4 151/98 # 7[*]5 150/97 # 8[*]6 153/100 # 16[*]7 158/102 # 54[*]8 147/93 # 83[*]9 139/88 # 80[*]10 143/90 # 88[*]11 147/94 # 71[*]12 148/95 # 73[*]13 151/96 # 39[*]14 148/92 # 21[*]15 152/94 # 41[*]16 146/92 # 59[*]17 147/93 # 37[*]18 152/95 # 46[*]19 155/99 # 64[*]20 162/101 # 71[*]21 163/102 # 75[*]22 163/103 # 60[*]23 156/98 # 19[*]24 145/97 # 4[/LIST]
I started a strict, frequent feeding, low calorie, low carb diet in December, 2004. The effects of the diet were almost immediate, and resulted in a lowering of my blood pressure. For 2008, my average was [B]121/72[/B], based on 1968 readings. When I look at the hourly averages, I notice that my morning readings, from 6am through noon are now my lows for the day. When my blood pressure was at very unhealthy levels, in 2003, the blood pressure levels were always bad, but the worst from 8pm to 10pm.

My afternoon average blood pressure readings were somewhat higher than I would have liked, but acceptable since my health was improving at those levels.

Interesting huh? The readings for the early morning and late night are somewhat faulty because of the low number of readings. The reason I was up at that time was probably because I wasn't feeling good, or was having problems with my heart, so I would expect higher readings during those times of illness and stress.

I also notice that I take more readings in the morning, when my blood pressure is at it's best, so that my average blood pressure of 121/72 for all of 2008, is not as good as it seemed, and should probably be about 124/73, all things being equal.

The following are my hourly averages for 2008.

Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2008 through Nov 9, 2008
[LIST][*]1 134/75 # 8[*]2 125/75 # 6[*]3 128/73 # 6[*]4 128/74 # 14[*]5 123/71 # 43[*]6 119/69 # 140[*]7 112/67 # 180[*]8 109/64 # 145[*]9 118/71 # 127[*]10 115/69 # 124[*]11 118/70 # 98[*]12 119/71 # 121[*]13 123/73 # 67[*]14 125/74 # 142[*]15 122/73 # 53[*]16 126/74 # 131[*]17 129/76 # 60[*]18 128/76 # 142[*]19 128/76 # 77[*]20 125/75 # 137[*]21 125/74 # 85[*]22 125/73 # 74[*]23 131/75 # 9[*]24 125/71 # 3[/LIST]
If anything, you can compare my results with your own results, or your own perceptions of your own blood pressure patterns and averages.

Best of luck and health! :wave:





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