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Posted by Tammy on October 30, 2000 at 13:28:14:

In Reply to: Re: BP seems to go up for no reason posted by Ken on October 28, 2000 at 09:02:56:

: Thank you all so much. I should have given you a little more info. I am 29 years old. I do have
anxeity and panic attacks. I use the ear bp reader, I can read it on my own and the needle is in the
middle where it is supposed to be. I also don't use salt and watch the content of salt in the things
I buy.

Thanks so much. I took it this morning before work and it was 130/80, so I am sure it is ok.
Thanks so much again.

Tammy:

: : 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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