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Old 05-23-2001, 08:22 PM   #1
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To medicate???

Hi. I'm a 25 year old female. At the end of my pregnancy last year, I had a bit of an elevated bp. Just slightlt, no measures were taken because of it. After birth, at six week checkup, it was okay. Then about 5 months later i took my pressure and it was real high, went to the er, and found that I needed a bigger cuff. Then ok readings. I started with a new family doc right after. He had me take my bp 3 times a week for a month. They were: 142/96(first w/doc-nerves <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">), 142/85, 142/90, 142/82, 119/74, 150/84, 121/85, 134/89, 137/81, 130/70(follow up w/doc. He said it had come down nicely w/no treatment then put me on bp med-Lotensin. I'm definately confused. My older sister had probs with her BP during pregnancy and it took 6 months for it to go back to normal. There is a history on my mom's side. My mom's bp is controlled with a water pill and my grandma had to be taken off hers since her bp was getting too low. I was just wondering what your take was on this. I tried a few docs for second opinions and so far haven't been able to find a doc who wll give one, so I'm going to call my obgyn since it may be pregnancy related since I was fine before that. Thanks in advance.

 
Old 05-24-2001, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re: To medicate???

Do you monitor your own BP? I think you should. If you don't think you should be on meds then come off them and see what happens. Your BP is not that high - mine was 140/90 for about 20 odd years and I'm still here!

If you find your BP is OK without the meds then don't worry about taking them. Your blood pressure thaken at various times of the day at home is much more reliable that one offs in the surgery.

 
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Old 05-24-2001, 10:58 PM   #3
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Re: To medicate???

Blood pressure can vary at different times of the day. It can also increase with stress and physical exertion.

Most doctors recommend you take your BP at the same time every day and using the same arm. Up to several readings should be done and the lowest one used for that reading. You should also be sitting and completely relaxed as much as possible.

Ken

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