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    Old 11-06-2019, 11:55 AM   #1
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    Atenolol with stress/anxiety

    I understand that BP meds like atenolol keeps your BP down while you are at rest. A BP check at rest is supposed to result in a good reading.

    But does the drug continue to be as effective when you are at rest AND feeling stress/anxiety at the same time?

    Or does your BP go up but not as high because you are taking the BP meds?

    Just trying to get a realistic expectation.

     
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    Old 11-07-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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    Re: Atenolol with stress/anxiety

    Hi kdt82002!

    Blood pressure usually starts lower during the early part of the day and increases gradually during the day until night where blood pressure starts to go lower.

    That said, to show you how unhealthy blood pressure varies compared to healthy blood pressure, during a typical day, I copied an old post of mine from 2013 and will repeat some of it here:

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    I've taken my blood pressure over 25,000 times, since 1998, or about seven times per day. This morning I ran reports showing my average hourly readings for 2003 and for 2008.

    My average BP for 2003 was 151/96 based on 1032 readings. Pretty awful for having worked hard on lowering my blood pressure for FIVE years! Thousands of readings, many medicine changes, diet changes, environment changes, and yet, the net fruit of my labor was an average blood pressure of 151/96! Good grief.

    The following were my hourly blood pressure readings for the entire year of 2003. If anything, it will give others an idea of how one person's blood pressure varies throughout the day. The averages are listed via the 24 hour clock. So you need to substract 12 from any time after noon, in order to get the afternoon times. Thus 16 is actually 4pm. At 4pm (16) my readings were 146/92 based on 59 readings. At 10pm (22) my readings were 163/103 based on 60 readings.

    Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2003 through Dec 31, 2003

    1 141/86 # 3
    2 144/90 # 6
    3 143/93 # 7
    4 151/98 # 7
    5 150/97 # 8
    6 153/100 # 16
    7 158/102 # 54
    8 147/93 # 83
    9 139/88 # 80
    10 143/90 # 88
    11 147/94 # 71
    12 148/95 # 73
    13 151/96 # 39
    14 148/92 # 21
    15 152/94 # 41
    16 146/92 # 59
    17 147/93 # 37
    18 152/95 # 46
    19 155/99 # 64
    20 162/101 # 71
    21 163/102 # 75
    22 163/103 # 60
    23 156/98 # 19
    24 145/97 # 4


    I started a strict, frequent feeding, low calorie, low carb diet in December, 2004. The effects of the diet were almost immediate, and resulted in a lowering of my blood pressure. For 2008, my average has been 121/72, based on 1968 readings, but when I look at the hourly averages, I notice that my morning readings, from 6am through noon are now my lows for the day, whereas when my blood pressure was at very unhealthy levels, in 2003, the blood pressure levels were always bad, but the worst from 8pm to 10pm. My afternoon average blood pressure readings are somewhat higher than I would like, but acceptable since my health is improving at these levels. Interesting huh? The readings for the early morning and late night are somewhat faulty because of the low number of readings. The reason I was up at that time was probably because I wasn't feeling good, or was having problems with my heart, so I would expect higher readings during those times of illness and stress.

    I also notice that I take more readings in the morning, when my blood pressure is at it's best, so that my average blood pressure of 121/72 for all of 2008, is not as good as it seems, and should probably be about 124/73, all things being equal.

    The following are my hourly averages for 2008.

    Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2008 through Nov 9, 2008

    1 134/75 # 8
    2 125/75 # 6
    3 128/73 # 6
    4 128/74 # 14
    5 123/71 # 43
    6 119/69 # 140
    7 112/67 # 180
    8 109/64 # 145
    9 118/71 # 127
    10 115/69 # 124
    11 118/70 # 98
    12 119/71 # 121
    13 123/73 # 67
    14 125/74 # 142
    15 122/73 # 53
    16 126/74 # 131
    17 129/76 # 60
    18 128/76 # 142
    19 128/76 # 77
    20 125/75 # 137
    21 125/74 # 85
    22 125/73 # 74
    23 131/75 # 9
    24 125/71 # 3
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