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Old 02-05-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Stressing over Blood Pressure

Hi Everyone,
I have posted before because I am suddenly stressing over my blood pressure. I have developed white coat hypertension and that is carrying over to home monitoring. I had gotten better but now I am working it up again. My last ten readings were:
119/80
119/76
117/82
124/77
132/75
128/77
125/75
109/71
117/76
121/77
111/81
Today was the 111/81 and I don't like the 81. It is stressing me out. A few months ago I was stressing because I was getting low numbers 98/67. I just need some flat advice. Should I worry about these numbers? How often should I check it? I think I am overworrying and overchecking which is giving me anxiety and higher numbers. You guys seem to really know your stuff so I need to be set straight.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: Stressing over Blood Pressure

Your numbers look great to me. Have you added those up and averaged them?

I'm sure some people would love to see numbers like the ones you are considering to be "high." I would not be worrying if I was you, and I wouldn't be testing either.

 
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I did average the last 15 and the average was 119/76. See, I know that is fine, but when I get a "high" reading which to me is anything over 120/80 (today 111/81 hence my post) I get upset and then get into a tailspin. That is why I wanted to lay it out for you guys so you could give me some objective advice. My doctor said only check it once a month and that he is not worried about it but I am obsessing. I even had to get rid of my home monitor because I was checking too much, now I test when I go grocery shopping about once a week.

 
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Re: Stressing over Blood Pressure

you are far from stroke level and not even pre hypertension. Why so worried and stressed?

Reminds me of people who post on a weight watchers board and say they are 115 pounds and are sooooo fat. makes everyone else feel kinda bad. Your numbers are fine.

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Old 02-05-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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I think I just get an obsessive fear in my mind and work on it...blood pressure is the topic of the last few months. I then get anxious when I take it and of course that makes it high. Sorry if I make anyone feel bad but to me this is worrisome, my mother has hbp and I thought I was in the clear...I exercise everyday, watch my diet etc. I have high cholesterol and I am on meds for that and I just thought hpb would be one thing I would not have to deal with. Hopefully it won't be, but then again I already am in my head huh? Self fulfilling prophecy maybe?
Thanks for the post.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:29 PM   #6
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You probably ARE "in the clear," as this is coming from someone who has wrestled with BP driven anxiety for years. I have seen anxiety send mine from the 120s/70s to 170s/90s in minutes. White coat hypertension is very real, and you should NOT feel guilty at all for posting; with enough time, anxiety driven BP can become REAL BP, so getting a handle on that anxiety NOW is the key. Trust me.

You are also fortunate in that you are aware of BP issues BEFORE they become serious problems, and thus (with some of the sage advice of posters here + doctors) have an opportunity to head hypertension off at the pass. I think many on this board would be happy if they could contribute to someone out there actually avoiding HBP before the agony of it sets in.

FYI, studies show anxiety can raise one's BP 20-40mm on average, which should give you an idea of how potent it can be.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:41 PM   #7
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Those are very good numbers! i too have white coat hypertension, and am actually taking beta blockers for it. I actually got so stressed out one time and anxious that i drove it to 150 something over 112 while in the hospital, and they kept me in there for 12 hours, and it stayed that high the whole time, me being in the hospital kept it that high and it was only after they let me go home that it went down. But that the beginning of this madness...

Since then the past year i have driven myself crazy! constantly checking it, stressing out. Even after doctors said i was fine, and after being told not to check it i would dwell on it over and over. It got to the point where me just thinking about it even at home would cause it to go up! You need to just not think about it or you will get worse and worse. ESPECIALLY if your like me and also suffer from extreme anxiety/hypochondria. Listen to your doctors and stop taking it, cause you will always wnat to check it when you Shouldn't IE during stressful times, when your exercising. It will make you develop OCD.

Check out my closed topic on the second page titled "anxiety and high blood pressure" if you want to see how crazy i was making myself lol.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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Also not sure if you said, but are you on any BP medication? not sure how you feel about it, but if those are your numbers without any type of medication then thats GREAT! The beta blocker i take now Propranolol is also great for anxiety symptoms, and i love it so far. Unlike most of the people here who want off there BP meds i want to stay on this lol and i enjoy having it as a crutch.( i'm only 28 by the way, and no heart problems or any serious health problems, although my father does have high blood pressure, no strokes in the family though or heart attacks) have had no side effects from it and i'll see what my cardiologist says about if he wants me to stay on it when i see him in September. Like i said though i'm also on it for anxiety, so i like it keeping my heart rate slow and my Bp low. Although i think i was taking too high of a dose, so i started taking a lower dose today. In the long run though i think if i gain any weight or have bad side effects are worth it compared to having a constantly high heart rate and elevated blood pressure. Hopefully when i get my anxiety/stress ocd in check though then my BP spikes will even out and i wont need the beta blocker anymore.

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Re: Stressing over Blood Pressure

Hi,

Like everyone has said, the anxiety (I know how you feel), will drive those numbers up! But given your numbers as they are right now, they are actually quite good, given your stress.

On a home monitor, 135 over 85 or less, is acceptable.

Also, continue taking readings about 2 minutes apart until they settle and level out. The first reading will always be a little high.

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>>You probably ARE "in the clear," as this is coming from someone who has wrestled with BP driven anxiety for years. I have seen anxiety send mine from the 120s/70s to 170s/90s in minutes.<<

I could have written that myself and I totally agree!

Just remember that blood pressure is supposed to move around. It will not always be below 120/80 (especially during exercise - our top number gets higher to help get oxygen everywhere it needs to go). So, naturally there are going to be times that you get readings over 120/80. That's perfectly fine

 
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You are worring over nothing....Your numbers are not high at all....When mine get stressed like you discribe I can zoom mine up too 200/129 with little effert. And have spent many days with my low the same as your high numbers near 120. Fig. out something else to worry about like eating better to give yourself overall better health.

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Old 02-06-2009, 07:13 AM   #12
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Re: Stressing over Blood Pressure

Thank you all for your posts. I just needed to be told straight... I have been making an issue out of this for a few months now and it is really too much. It started when I went off birth control pills after ten years. That caused my anxiety to go up and my bp to spike, then I became afraid of it. It doesn't help when you see Dr. Oz on Oprah saying 115/75 is optimal and anything higher is dangerous. Lourage -- those are numbers without medication so I know I should be glad. Thanks again everyone, you have be sooooo helpful.
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Ivy,

Try not to pay attention to TV docs and everything you hear in the news. A lot of the info they spout is provided by the pharmaceutical companies in an effort to get everyone on some sort of medication. Go to the Cholesterol board and post your cholesterol numbers there and see if you should even be on those meds. This country has made us all into hypochondriacs and all we do is worry about what's going to kill us. Take care and stop worrying and enjoy your life

 
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That statement from Dr. Oz is borderline absurd. If it were true, 90% of people in this country would be hypertensive and dropping like flies. No doubt the good doctor is trying to sell something...fear, among other things.

It also reflects a warped tendency on the part of medical specialists to stress "ideal" numbers rather than realistic ones. To achieve consistent numbers at around 115/75, virtiually everyone over the age of 25 would have to be on 2-3 blood pressure drugs at least.

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Old 02-06-2009, 09:37 AM   #15
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I totally agree with you both about the pharmaceutical companies being behind all of this. We have all been at our doctor's offices and seen them romanced by the reps. and that is just small time. My cholesterol was about 245 before I went on meds. I am 35 by the way, and my hdl and ratios were always good. I remember when cholesterol of 239 was borderline, suddenly they want us under 200 and I have heard they are going to try to reduce it to 170. I truly believe this is due to the pharmaceutical companies. I gave up though and I take only 5mgs of lipitor and my last cholesterol test was 161so fine whatever. All of these health stories on the news etc. will work you up though and they always remind us to work on our stress management after they scare us to death.
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