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Old 10-25-2001, 06:55 AM   #1
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Strange blood pressure readings, what gives?


I have recently increased my meds because my blood pressure was elevated. I was on 80 mg of Diovan and it had my BP running where it should be 130/80.

I recently gained some weight back that I lost during a depression and now my blood pressure is getting strange readings--even after the increase to 160 mg of diovan.

I checked it at an automatic machine today and it was 158/71. What would cause the top number to increase so rapidly and not be affected by the medications?


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Old 10-27-2001, 11:08 PM   #2
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Re: Strange blood pressure readings, what gives?

There are several possible reasons for an increase in your top number (systolic) reading:

1. Age. As we get older the systolic reading increases, but should not exceed 140.

2. Increase in weight can have an influence.

3. If you took it at a machine in a commerical store, the machine itself might not be calibrated correctly at the time you took it.

Did you clear the increase in your medication with your doctor before you did it? In any case, to be safe, you should contact the doctor who prescribed the medication and discuss it with the doctor.



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