Hi Loren- As I understand it, "reactive hypertension" often is an elevated BP reading that is happening at that moment for various reasons such as anxiety, stress, overeating, alcohol intake, being in pain etc...and it's a temporary "spike"...not sustained. Our BP goes up and down throughout the day. It only becomes a concern if it remains high (with few, if any, normal readings), even when none of the above circumstances are in play.
If blood pressure is*over 150/95 on initial examination,some doctors might want to exclude reactive hypertension by means of a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement.
PS A good example of reactive hypertension would be what we call "white coat hypertension"...when we are REACTING negatively to being in the "white-coated" doctor's office, and anxious while our BP is being taken. A lot of people will have elevated BP at the doc's and totally gorgeous readings at home.
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