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Posted by Ken on October 28, 2000 at 09:02:56:

In Reply to: BP seems to go up for no reason posted by Tammy on October 27, 2000 at 13:37:32:

: I had my annual doctor appointment for my bp. At home my readings have been like 130/80, which is great.
: Today it was 140/90 at the docotrs. I am on Verapamil 240mg once a day. Why did it go up like that.
: She did use a small cuff, and I am not a small women. I have been going to the GYM, eating much better
: then I used to and lost 25lbs in a couple of months, so shouldn't this be going down. Could it be because
: of the doctors office, or the small cuff. Is 140/90 serious.

: Thanks Tammy

Dear Tammy:

In addition to the response already posted, the average increase in BP is about 10 points due to "White Coat Syndrome", so your BP response is average for visiting a doctor's or dentist's office. A doctor takes this into consideration when taking your BP.

Age plays an important part in determing your BP. Other medical conditions, especially heart disease, will determine the reading you should not exceed based on a resting pulse rate. The threshold for high blood pressure in 140/90. My Cardiologist wants my BP at 140/80 and I am 62 years young.

Another suggestion would be to restrict salt in your diet even if you are not salt sensitive. Salt (sodim) tends to retain body fluids, and as a result may raise your BP slightly. The amount of salt intake per day to maintain health is 2,400 mgs.

Ken


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