... 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... (4 replies)
... Some backgorund - My family has a history of High BP and Strokes, so I keep watching my BP from time to time.
On 9/13- I had fairly normal readings - 116/75 (which was quite low for me) and was not concerned
Yesterday (9/21) I went to the dentist (and was really tensed up), and they took a courtesy BP check it came out to 140/100 !!. I was alarmed and I told them that I... (2 replies)
... Since I have stubborn high diastolic it lead me to research, since my doctors are of no help. ... (14 replies)
... I don't think so. Because it's random and usually when I am out running around. Yes I know BP goes up with activity but why does mine jump to 158/92 when my husband who is with me doing the same thing down at 128/73. I also feel so tense somtimes in my chest, it's not chest pressure I just feel an odd tenseness. This has ben going on for a few months. This is what started... (12 replies)
... i can nearly 100% contribute mine to panic attacks. are you sure yours isn't elevated because of anxiety? you feel completely normal and at rest when you get a 158/92? (12 replies)
... Thanks for the reply you may be able to find some help at some of the top hospitals or clinics in the nation I found out some of them have special clinics for high blood pressure to address the real cause. If there is something in you such as a benign lump that needs finding they might find it. (12 replies)
... I have not had any kidney testing or anything else.
Today I was at the store and my BP was 158/92 :dizzy: I got home and took it and it was 143/90, then I sat for 15 minutes and it's 118/84. It shouldn't be like this! I agree with wolverine, we that we do not have proper control of our bp. Can't I walk or do anything without my BP going crazy? My husband took his with... (12 replies)
... What types of Diastolic readings are you getting, and during what times of the day? ... (14 replies)
... I have been on 12.5 HCTZ for about a week now. By top number has come down quite a bit, now ranging from 145 down to as low 127. Average is about 134.
It is that bottom number though, Rarely will it come down below 90. Today after sitting for 5 minutes and took three readings. First was 140/96, Then 139/89, then 133/92.
Why won't this bottom number go down below 90? Is... (8 replies)
... It is very sad that a 92 year old woman can't get the attention or concern of a younger person. ... (3 replies)
... I wish it were true about the doctors but my mother is 92 and I can tell you that doctors do not care about 92 year old women.I go in to all her appointments with her so I've seen it. It is hard to even find one to take medicare patients and the care is not very good. ... (3 replies)
... Sunshine, Machaon - thanks much for the replies to my thread. For whatever reason, knowing others are going through (or have gone through) similar things seems to help.
Quick update...went in for follow up #2 with my GP this past Friday. He says he still thinks I am "borderline" (which I believe equates the formerly known as category of "high normal"). The good news is... (25 replies)
... Hey there,
Bottom line, high number or low number above the high normal area is not good. (140+/90+). I also have the lower number higher, I was able to reduce the top number but I still average 130/85-92. I think the reduction phase is the same, you need to do all the same things, lower sodium, eat more fruit and veggies and less saturated fat and excercise. I'm sure over... (1 replies)
... I read somewhere that the diastolic is the most important one to watch and mine is high. ... (3 replies)
... If your diastolic is persistently high, then you should be concerned. HTN is not some bizarre disorder that few doctors comprehend. ... (5 replies)
... A high diastolic in younger people is worse than a high systolic based on concerns about how that reading correlates to heart disease. ... (5 replies)
... I agree with you completely. Your diastolic is a little high but there's a lot of disagreement about how important this figure is. It also relates to your age. ... (5 replies)
... Sorry to interrupt, but I found the mention of "pulse pressure" facinating!
My bp at the Doc (last two times there) was 170/92 (a difference of 78) with a hr of 120 and 140/110 (a difference of 30) with a hr of 115. Confusing to say the least since the first would indicate arterial stiffening and the second great arteries... at home it averages 157/100 (dif 57) and hr 115.... (8 replies)
... So you are getting an average 92 diastolic. If you read back to June, you'll see that average is much worse than the numbers you were getting in the first month after discontinuing the Diovan. ... (139 replies)
... I'm thinking about cutting back on one of them. I take tiazac (cardizem a calcium channel blocker) at 180mg which I think is its lowest dosage. It is a capsule, so I can't cut it. The other is clonidine at .1mg 3 times a day. I'm thinking of going to twice a day on that one. I did that a couple of times on weekends with no problem. I tried today to wait 12 hours after my... (11 replies)