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Old 04-06-2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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Increase in BP readings when under stress

Hello- I recently started treatment for high BP (in January). I take 5 mg of lisinopril which has generally controlled a BP originally at 130/90ish to a little under 120/80 (on both numbers). My question is this...I'm currently feeling some work stress with a couple of big events/deadlines in the next couple of weeks. I have seen my numbers starting to creep up for the past couple days with a reading of 128/87 tonight which is the highest I have seen since starting BP medicine in January. Should I be concerned? I know I'm feeling stress and then I see high numbers on top of it which probably leads to more stress. Is there such a thing as a "normal" amount BP elevates when under stress? Does anyone know how much their own BP changes when feeeling notable stress? (I'm female, 44, not overweight and exercise regularily; HBP considered genetic in my case)

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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Re: Increase in BP readings when under stress

Stress will increase your blood pressure (albeit temporarily), and like you say when you get the consequent higher numbers that adds even more stress. It's kinda chicken and egg. Try to reduce the stress (easy said than done!), but it will help a lot. I find Mindful Breathing very helpful with this. Watch fearful thoughts as well.
At the moment I am free from medication.

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Old 04-07-2009, 09:26 AM   #3
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Re: Increase in BP readings when under stress

Hi Smile,

It depends on the person. Myself, I had an episode of sustained HBP during a stressful 2 weeks. It topped out at 180/110 the night of an anticpated meeting. After the meeting, it dropped to 160/102. The next day it was down to around 150/95 and so on. You can get sustained readings if you are wired to be anxious. See if you can't "borrow" a valium from someone.... 5 mg. should do the trick.

Regards, Brenden.

Old 04-07-2009, 03:46 PM   #4
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Re: Increase in BP readings when under stress

Thanks for responding. This morning it was back down again! I'll see if it is back up tonight. I actually feel calmer today than yesterday so maybe it will be OK. I'm heading out of town for work this weekend with a big presentation looming.

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