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Old 11-19-2004, 05:38 AM   #1
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HI,

I have been measuring my BP for about a year now. My readings vary all the time, the only consistency seems to be that the readings are greater in the morning than the evening.

Anyway, I have heard conflicting views from doctors regarding taking readings. One doc told me to take my reading at the same time during the day after relaxing (it is true to say this would give me more consistant readings).

The other doc told me to vary when i take my readings and that this would be more accurate because we are not always able to relax and therefore higher readings are realistic.

What i don't understand is why do we try our best to relax so much before hand to bring our readings right down. If we reach higher readings wouldn't these cause damage whether we are able to get lower reading when relaxed or not.

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Take it during different parts of the day. If you are getting consistent readings through the day I wouldn't worry about it. What is your B/P during different parts of the day. I was like you before & checked mine a lot. I want to stop doing that. It turns into an obsession & I know that my range through the day is 108-127 over 64-76 depending on the time of the day. After 21 months of doing this & being only 34, I think that it is enough. I'll take it once a week or a couple of times a month from now on. Enough is enough.

 
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:55 AM   #3
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I take mine when I get up Saturday Morning. I was told not to take it for awhile if you exercise and to wait 30 minutes if you eat or drink anything so to be on the safe side I just take it before I do anything.

 
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HI,

I have been measuring my BP for about a year now. My readings vary all the time, the only consistency seems to be that the readings are greater in the morning than the evening.
Blood pressure varies by hour, by day and by season. Your blood pressure readings during the spring might be quite different than your readings during the fall.

Normal blood pressure varies during the day, with the highest readings when you first get up.

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Anyway, I have heard conflicting views from doctors regarding taking readings. One doc told me to take my reading at the same time during the day after relaxing (it is true to say this would give me more consistant readings).
When you take your own blood pressure readings depends upon what YOU want to learn about your own blood pressure. Since everyone is different, and many people might have different experiences with blood pressure, you might want to continue taking your blood pressure on a daily basis, and learn more about what your blood pressure does during your normal day.

I'm probably considered a blood pressure extremist. I've got advanced heart disease, heart rhythm problems and high blood pressure. About seven years ago, my symptoms got worse and I started checking my own blood pressure. Among my first readings were some around 195/126. I knew that if I had any chance to survive my heart disease, I had to get my blood pressure down. At the doctor's office my readings were always low, so I had no idea that I had a blood pressure problem.

I wanted to know how my blood pressure behaved all day long. Was it just high a couple of hours per day, a couple of days per week, or what? The more hours, during the day, that one's blood pressure is high, the worse it is on one's health.

After seven years, I've taken over 14,000 readings, by hour and date, or an average of about 6 readings per day, with corresponding notes about my activities. I enter these readings into my PC and do charts and reports so I can see the results over time, and to see if my blood pressure is getting better or worse.

I've found out that many things that I eat, many things that touch my skin, and many things that I breathe, can have a negative and prolonged effect on my blood pressure.

It's taken me years, but I've been able to greatly reduce my blood pressure problems.

In summary....... how many times, and when you take your blood pressure, depends upon what you want to learn about your own blood pressure situation. If you constantly get low readings, then there is less need to continue to take frequent readings.

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108/60 yesterday. Done checking a regular basis. Ready to wean off of this junk. It's an obsession to check so often. I'm getting off of the carousel.

 
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108/60 yesterday. Done checking a regular basis. Ready to wean off of this junk. It's an obsession to check so often. I'm getting off of the carousel.
Do you remember why your doctor put you on blood pressure meds? Did you have a history of high blood pressure readings?

As I posted, I've averaged 6 bp readings per day over the past 7 years. I also play around with my meds. I'll reduce one of my meds slightly, and then monitor the bp/rhythm/sob results for a few weeks before I reduce the meds any further.

I've learned a lot about things that can change the way that the meds work on me, and I have learned much about the best times to take each med. It also makes me believe that most doctors really don't have much of a clue about how a particular med will work on any of their patients, never mind how meds will work when a doctor prescibes more than one med.

If you are going to wean yourself off a bp med, it might be beneficial for you to continue to monitor your bp. Often, when reducing a bp med, one's blood pressure can have a rebound effect and go up significantly.

 
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I went on the meds. 21 months ago, because I was having a panic attack after a 4 day drinking binge. Now I only drink 2 beers on the weekend & nothing during the week. I posted an article from a doctor that stated that if your B/P is normal or lower on B/P meds. then you should be weaned off of the meds. & monitor. I agree with that. My B/P during my panic attack was 190/100. At the doc., I can't get it lower than 156/86, because I have white-coat. I go by my 21 months of normal readings that tend to be on the lower side. I will not let a GP give me advice on B/P anymore. I will let my specialist friend advise him. He has no clue. I have been to 3 docs. & 1 specialist in the past 21 months. I have had every test run as well. Today it was 120/71, 30 hours after taking meds. I think that the white-coat & anxiety are my problem. By cutting out the alcohol for the most part, my B/P has gone back to really good levels. The 1st doc. put me on meds (Altace & Lotrel at the time) after one reading & an EKG that was perfect. I don't think that after having a panic attack that it was a good idea to prescribe right away. He should have given me the 3 months of readings on my own & then decide whether meds. were the way to go. I never get reading higher than 127/74 away from the doc.

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