Because there is a history of high blood pressure in my family I have always measured my bp at home. My readings up until this past April were always below 120/80. However, I have been working with my doctor because I have high cholesterol. In fact I just got retested on Friday. In April - May I started having attacks of anxiety, possibly hormonal as I am going thru menopause.
Last week at the doc, she took it (with my wrist cuff) and it was 125/94.
It matched what she was getting on the mercury machine. I was a basket case during the test.
When I got home it was 123/76.
All weekend the numbers seemed to be fine. I had a long 4 day weekend and was relaxed.
But this morning, I got up and as soon as I put the cuff on my heart started to race! The numbers were bad. May as well have taken my blood pressure while jogging! I took several readings and the upper number was ok (127) but the lower number went up to 98!!
A little later (and a little calmer), I tried it again, and the lower number bumped down to 90.
I took my wrist cuff to work with me. I have taken several readings at work today and they are:
I seem to be a lot calmer at work than I am at home. Not sure what's up with that.
I know I have posted before under another thread and the consensus was that this is not high bp. I think I get stressed out during the test because I know I have a cholesterol problem too and they seem to be related somehow.
If this isn't high bp, then what do I do? I have been trying to tell myself to relax but sometimes my body just runs amuck! I don't know if the answer is hormones, antidepressants, or bp meds.
Maybe the answer is a rubber room???
I am expecting a call from GP this afternoon with blood test results on cholesterol. I have an appointment with a GYN next week to see if they can suggest something from the menopause perspective.
I don't know if I should see a cardiologist or what??
If anyone has any advice, would be glad to hear it.
If this is how high bp starts, I would like to get on meds right away if only to have closure on this.
Thanks to all of you. Were it not for the support I get from these message boards, I don't know what I would do.