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    Old 08-03-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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    Morning BP ?

    Hi Everyone,
    I think I am stressing myself out a bit when maybe I shouldn't be, but wanted to get your thoughts. I tend to freak out over my BP readings, mainly the morning ones when they are high. High for me is 140/90 's and this only happens in the early morning. I think I have only had 6 or 7 readings in my life that were in the 150's/ mid 90's and after reading many posts of people with really high readings maybe I am not doing that bad. I do suffer from anxiety and can freak myself out into thinking I am going to have a stroke or heart attack and I know that doesn't help.
    My BP for July with about 45 readings was as follows.
    AM Avg-134/84/85
    PM Avg- 121/78/78
    Overall- 125/80/80
    Shouldn't I be looking more at the overall avg instead of a couple of bad readings. I think I am posting this because today I got 143/85 @ 5:30 AM then 150/84 @ 7:30 am. I also drank a couple cups of coffee in between. I just took as I am typing and it's 120/84/77.
    FYI- Hyzaar 100/25, Toprol 100, 81 mg aspirin.
    Any and all thoughts would be appeciated.

    Steve (Semicolon07)

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    Old 08-05-2008, 06:58 AM   #2
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    That would be a great question for your doctor. I'm not sure if it's an indication of what your bp would be without meds, or just simply a reflection of your bp first thing in the morning. Personally, I can get my BP WAY up there when I get anxious. Much higher than 140's/90's so I tend to think it would not be dangerous to have those numbers. On the other hand, I do not have consistently high numbers every morning - more like crazy high numbers two or three times a year. I'm not sure which is a greater risk factor for adverse outcomes. Here is what I do think though. If we eat as well as we can, exercise and continue to work on our anxiety levels that we are doing what we can to lower our risk factors and outside of that, there is just not much we can do.

    I totally didn't answer your question, but I thought I'd give my input )
    Plus, your overall numbers look great. I really, really wouldn't let myself worry about the numbers you are getting in the morning (Ok, who am I kidding? I'd be anxious about it too. lol) But, you know what I mean? I don't think you have to worry about an immediate heart attack or stroke. So relax, but I would definitely take the lifestyle steps to help lower them over all in the long run, ya know? Then you won't have to worry about it at all!

    Edited to Add: I just saw your AM average and it's totally nothing to worry about! Really, try not to worry! BP is going to vary from time to time

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    The specialist that I saw @ Vanderbilt said that the am b/p was the most important b/p in the day because most strokes & heart attacks occur then. I would stop the caffeine which is known to cause an increase in b/p. Although, your b/p isn't extremely high, why not give your body every chance of keeping it low. Make sure your monitor is accurate (check it at the DR's or a fire station or ER). I had to give up caffeine & I'm here tell you there is life after caffeine. There are other chemicals in coffee that can raise b/p so hopefully you will be able to tolerate decaf. Fam

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    For the last year, I have been taking my bp twice per day. I have plotted my results in a graph.
    Results(for me):
    One of the reasons that we take meds every day, is that their effectiveness wears off in 24 hours. I've proven it.
    In the 6 hours after taking my meds, my bp is "low". In the 6 hours just before taking my meds, my bp is "higher". My pulse stays the same.
    Good luck with your readings, and don't try and stress over them.

    Old 08-07-2008, 04:13 PM   #5
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    Re: Morning BP ?

    Thanks for all the replies. I am trying not to stress to much over this but sometimes I don't do well at this. It does help me when I hear others input and knowing many people are going through the same thing. Another thought I had was how the quality of sleep plays in to a BP reading, especially in the AM. Sometimes I sleep great but other times I am up many times from arthritis and bone spurs in my hip. I did take one of my wife's ambien cr and slept all night and had 128/80 in the morning. Maybe a connection? I don't know.
    Thanks again for your input.

    Steve (Semicolon07)

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    Re: Morning BP ?

    I don't know how old you are, but there is another possibility of something which might affect your BP in the morning - the length of time you have gone without food. According to information I've read, postprandial hypotension (an excessive drop in blood pressure after eating, usually defined as over 20 points systolic or 10 points in diastolic) is almost unheard of in people in their 20s, but about one-third of people over 65 experience it. Obviously, there are additional people who have smaller drops in BP from food.

    The largest drop in BP from food occurs after ingesting carbohydrates, especially high-glycemic load carbs. Protein also affects it, but apparently to a lesser extent. Timing of the drop varies depending upon the mix of foods in the meal but often seems to peak somewhere between 15 minutes and one hour after eating.

    Why not try checking your BP before a meal and again half an hour or so after several times and see if the averages are much different?

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