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Old 07-24-2001, 12:37 PM   #1
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Is it really HBP?

I have a question about what constitutes HBP. A doctor told me once that people with HBP have elevated readings always - even when they sleep. Mine is elevated sometimes during the day but goes back to normal or below normal in the late evening or during sleep. Is this HBP? Please advise.

 
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Old 07-25-2001, 06:24 AM   #2
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Re: Is it really HBP?

High blood pressure should be diagnosed based on the average of your resting blood pressure readings. Everyones blood pressure goes up and down throughout the day, and it's the average of these readings that is important. If the average of your blood pressure readings are consistently 140/90 (some say 135/85) or higher, then you have HBP.

 
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Old 07-30-2001, 02:09 AM   #3
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Re: Is it really HBP?

Adding to the above post, if you take your reading in the mornings....you are cheating yourself.
The first hour after waking is the peak time for blood pressure. When you are sleeping your BP is almost non existent. The moment you raise your head and get up to pee, you elevate your BP by up to 10 times with in a few seconds,i.e.< the #1 time frame for heart attacks happen just after awakening (statisically in the elderly). It takes an hour for this to even out.
Your best readings can be taken within 3 hours of waking up. Do not take readings during work breaks. If you use tobacco, you reading will also be higher within 30 minutes during and after usage.

 
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