high blood pressure

@Nadinest1 (2040)
Canada
May 13, 2011 5:55am CST
I am just getting finished my second dose of antibiotics for a miserable sore throat. My first trip to the dr, my BP was 150/80...which was a little high...but was probably because I was sick. OK My second trip to the dr for the second prescription of antibiotics a week later, my BP was again 150/80. The dr told me to check it 3 more times once I am feeling well and if it is still elevated, go see my family doctor. Yesterday,,, after sickness and meds are gone, i stopped into the ER for a BP check. It was 149/82. I am all new to the number with high blood pressure. The nurse said it was down, but only by a little. My mother was my age (43)when she started taking meds for high blood pressure...so I have been watching it regularly for the past few years. I walk at least 3 times/week, tall and thin, do not smoke nor drink...and eat relatively healthy. Please let me know what you all know about these numbers. Thanks.
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@derek_a (10902)
14 May 11
My blood pressure is very low, hardly ever going about 120/80, usually about 112/70. It could be because I practice daily meditation for about an hour and have done so for the last 35+ years. I wouldn't say that I'm a laid-back person, because I can be concerned over many things. I had a heart attack 5 years ago, but that was nothing to do with my blood pressure as I have a inherited blood-clotting condition, but because I meditated throughout my attack, my doctors reckoned that I had saved my own life. It's well worth considering meditation, and keep up with the medical checks and advice. There is a link that explains more on my profile here. _Derek
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@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
14 May 11
How old are you? Your statement shows that you are moderately hypertensive. Hypertension has a familial tendency. Thus, as your mother was hypertensive, it is quite natural that you may inherit it. It is a good sign that you neither smoke nor drink and your diastolic pressure is within normal limits. All the medicines used to control hypertension have their effects mainly on the systolic pressure and not on the diastolic pressure or a very negligible action on the diastolic pressure. Thus you are lucky enough to have a normal diastolic pressure. You should immediately start to restrict your salt intake and it would be more wise to take salt free diet. If you are obese, you must reduce your body weight. You should have a blood glucose estimation as well as a lipid profile. Hypertension is mainly idiopathic but in some cases it may be secondary. So you must have some investigations to exclude any secondary cause of being hypertensive.You must consult with a physician.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
14 May 11
I am 43.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 May 11
are you on meds for your high blood pressure? my hubby is and that seems to help. he has also been losing weight which helps as well. my bp is always on the low end of nomal because i have fibromyalgia.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
14 May 11
No, I am not on meds. My BP has always been normal....except for the past 2 times I went to the doctor about sore throat and ear infections.
• United States
13 May 11
I wouldn't jump to taking meds for a couple more weeks. i would watch it closely and maybe take all salt and caffiene out of the diet to see if it helps. It can also be elevated when there is pain or discomfort. It's definitely worth watching to make sure it doesn't go up more. You do want to keep it under control.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
13 May 11
Yes. It was recommended to me by a dr to have 4 higher than normal BP tests before talking to my family dr. Then, I suppose try to regulate it with diet and exercise first before meds.
@KrauseHome (35277)
• United States
26 May 11
These are a little elevated numbers, but personally it could be a white coat syndrome as well. Maybe you need to monitor your BP away from the Dr's office, or when you are doing other things, and check and see where it is. Also consider in investing in a BP monitor to have at home. Sometimes it is something to worry about, and hopefully a Dr can do something for you, and other times it is just nothing. Wishing you the Best.
• Philippines
21 May 11
Nadinest1, how old are you by the way?.... Blood pressure varies with age. the normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmhg which would mean that your latest BP is above the normal range. Many factors could actually increase your BP reading, other than having a not healthy lifestyle. Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is some how hereditary in nature which means if your family have history of high blood presure, you might have one too. also take into consideration in taking blood pressure properly, prior to taking BP, one should rest for 10 to 15 mins. if upon arriving to ER and you immediately have taken your BP, then the result could be erroneous.
@RobtheRock (2485)
• United States
17 May 11
Hi Nadinest1. 149/82 gives you stage 1 hypertension. But it could have been the dose of antibiotics. I have high blood pressure. At first it was borderline (or Prehypertension.) I was taking medicine for it and stopped. Then I moved to this horrible place, let myself get upset, and my blood pressure skyrocketed. I monitor my own blood pressure. Normally, anything over 160 Systolic and 100 diastolic is Stage 2 which is dangerous. My systolic reached 200 and I had to go to the hospital. I too walk a lot, exercise some, and don't eat that much salt. But emotions can have an effect on blood pressure as can stress. Stage 1 hypertension is 140 - 159 Systolic and 90 - 99 diastolic. Eg. 141/95 Prehypertension is 120-139 Systolic and 80 - 89 diastolic. Eg. 121/83 Normal is less than 120 Systolic and less than 80 diastolic. Eg. 119/78 If one number is high and the other low, then you have the higher stage most of the times. For me, I've had 148/86 which was stage 1. I've had 150/100 which was stage 2. Most recenty, my blood pressure has finally went down to prehypertension. I find that not worrying about things and not letting things upset me helps my blood pressure. I also do a yoga chant and think of funny things which helps my blood pressure to stay low. Most doctors will tell you that if your mother or family has a history of high blood pressure,then it's highly probable that you will too. But unlike our parents and grandparents, we have more knowledge that can help us do better than they did.
@ellie333 (21029)
14 May 11
Hi Nadinest1, I can see people have already given you some very good advice re blood pressure which is good as I do not know anything about it, mine is high at present too but doctor says that mine will go down again once I stop stressing, lets hope the following checks you have will show lower levels too. Avoiding salt seems to be the main no no after drink and ciggies but as you don't drink or smoke would check the diet. God luck. Huggles. Ellie :D
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
14 May 11
I don't know about the numbers but I can tell you I worry about getting high blood pressure! My mom had it and so far I am fine with that. Everytime I get my blood pressure check it is always normal or a bit low! Being obese can lead to high pressuer and I hope it never get it!
• Philippines
14 May 11
Hi Nadinest1! Don't sleep late. You should get 8 hours sleep. That's what I learned when my hypertension recurred a few years ago because I slept only about 5 hrs daily for 2 consecutive weeks, so my bp rose to 150/90. Prior to that, my bp was already normal about 110/70.Secondly, avoid salty foods. Just one or two times intake of salty foods, my bp would go high. Eat fruits and veggies daily and less meat. Avoid fatty foods. Exerise and avoid stress. Maintain normal weight. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. God bless! . . : .
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
13 May 11
They aren't too bad but I would still go have it checked again. I am meds....I tried bringing it down myself but to no avail...But I am older and so it's not too surprising.
• India
13 May 11
If it is in your family history (as your mother) then your chances of getting hypertension are more.The normal rating is 120/80. 1.Avoid salt, fat, junk food etc 2.regular exercise 3. regularly monitor your B.P. 4. take the help some medicine under the guidence of your doctor 5. If necessary doctors may go for further check ups/tests. You will be feeling better soon :)
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
13 May 11
Hi there Nadinest1. I am only 23 but I am already hypertensive. I was diagnosed with hypertension when I was 20. You should understand that hypertension is a very complex condition. Many factors cause it and pointing out at one would be hasty. These factors include genetics, lifestyle and dysfunctions within. For whatever possible reason there is in you, you should have yourself checked by a doctor. Hypertension is serious and your BP is already kind of alarming 120/80 is borderline hypertensive. I really suggest you get professional medical help from an internist or a cardio-pulmonary expert. You may be advised to take medications to lower your BP (mine now is metoprolol). Be healthy, move a lot, drink plenty of water, PRAY.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
13 May 11
Start with diet, this is something you can do. Go on the Internet and educate yourself about diet for high blood pressure. I know salt is one thing to watch. There is so much information on the Internet these days that there is no reason why anyone can't become knowledgeable about health issues. Blessings