Should I be worried about these blood pressure numbers???

  • TrentGrad

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    Apr 21, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    Okay, so normally I've had fantastic blood pressure. Indeed, it's bizarre...even when I was struggling with a neuropathy a couple of months back, my blood pressure was fine.

    This past week, I'd had a few days where I overindulged a sweet tooth, and man, did I pay a price for that.

    Well anyways, the last few days, I've had this rather pain whenever I moved my left eye side to side...and someone had said "well, maybe you've got a problem with your blood pressure."

    Knowing they were wrong, I went on a lark and had two tests done at those machines located inside the pharmacy.

    The first one was 139 over 90.

    The second one (which I would've expected to be more accurate as I didn't have some miserable old bitch hanging over my shoulder, tsking away because she wanted to do her blood pressure) was 139 over 91.

    So, should I be worried?
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
    Well mine is 130,80
    But if you are into sports and things like that (GYM including) then i think its ok to have it a bit up.
    And i am not so sure but you can always talk to a Doc icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:34 AM GMT
    TrentGrad saidOkay, so normally I've had fantastic blood pressure. Indeed, it's bizarre...even when I was struggling with a neuropathy a couple of months back, my blood pressure was fine.

    This past week, I'd had a few days where I overindulged a sweet tooth, and man, did I pay a price for that.

    Well anyways, the last few days, I've had this rather pain whenever I moved my left eye side to side...and someone had said "well, maybe you've got a problem with your blood pressure."

    Knowing they were wrong, I went on a lark and had two tests done at those machines located inside the pharmacy.

    The first one was 139 over 90.

    The second one (which I would've expected to be more accurate as I didn't have some miserable old bitch hanging over my shoulder, tsking away because she wanted to do her blood pressure) was 139 over 91.

    So, should I be worried?


    I wouldn't say there was anything alarming about that reading.....
  • TrentGrad

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    Apr 21, 2011 10:45 AM GMT
    Vladimir01 saidWell mine is 130,80
    But if you are into sports and things like that (GYM including) then i think its ok to have it a bit up.
    And i am not so sure but you can always talk to a Doc icon_biggrin.gif


    Well obviously I could go see my Doctor...but I don't want to bother her over every little thing.

    I hate going to the Doctor, only to feel like I wasted her time.
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Vladimir01 saidWell mine is 130,80
    But if you are into sports and things like that (GYM including) then i think its ok to have it a bit up.
    And i am not so sure but you can always talk to a Doc icon_biggrin.gif


    Well obviously I could go see my Doctor...but I don't want to bother her over every little thing.

    I hate going to the Doctor, only to feel like I wasted her time.


    Just ask your doctor on the next scheduled check-up.

    That's what I always do with minute questions like that... I just gather tham all up and BAM! next check-up I ask the doctor about them while he looks at everything else.
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    139/90 falls in pre-hypertension stage although your diastolic is pretty borderline high. Some healthy people do have blood pressures in this range and we usually consider them to have higher predisposition or risk to arterial hypertension in the future. Maybe it's the anxiety that caused your bp to elevate (aggravated by the bitch behind you). Considering that you have no family background of other chronic diseases such as diabetes,or hypertension,if I were you I would have nothing to worry about for now. Just try to stay fit, avoid stress, cut down on the ciggies if you smoke, and eat accordingly.and healthy.
    And yeah, about the pain that occurs with your left eye lateral movement, if it gets stronger and continues to bug you, just refer to the GP.

    *This is solely my own personal opinion not a certified medical advice. so just don't take it word by word.
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    Are you talking about the machine that takes your blood pressure? Those are never accurate. High blood pressure is never diagnosed with a single reading anyways.
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    My blood pressure is always high on my first reading, but falls on the second, third, fourth reading... I agree that those pharmacy machines are not totally reliable, but go back sometime when it's not busy and take a few more readings, just relaxing and breathing in between. It will probably go lower. I've had lots of tests, even a couple cardiograms that have showed no cause for concern despite similar numbers.
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    I think you might consider going to a cardiologist in the future.

    There are plenty of generic hypertension meds that work wonders.

    I'm on hypertension meds and they make life so much easier.

    And yes, the second reading is always better.

    Guys in their forties can have heart attacks.
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    Apr 21, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    My bp is always way up at the doc's ('white coat syndrome'). When I take my bp at home on my monitor (which the doc calibrated against his device at the surgery) I usually get something around 100/72.
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    TrentGrad saidOkay, so normally I've had fantastic blood pressure. Indeed, it's bizarre...even when I was struggling with a neuropathy a couple of months back, my blood pressure was fine.

    This past week, I'd had a few days where I overindulged a sweet tooth, and man, did I pay a price for that.

    Well anyways, the last few days, I've had this rather pain whenever I moved my left eye side to side...and someone had said "well, maybe you've got a problem with your blood pressure."

    Knowing they were wrong, I went on a lark and had two tests done at those machines located inside the pharmacy.

    The first one was 139 over 90.

    The second one (which I would've expected to be more accurate as I didn't have some miserable old bitch hanging over my shoulder, tsking away because she wanted to do her blood pressure) was 139 over 91.

    So, should I be worried?


    You're very lucky, although yours is a bit high. I've battled high blood pressure forever and even flunked the Air Force physical in about two second because of it - actually that was the first time I was aware of it. I’m on Norvasc plus I work out like crazy to battle it. I still can wake up in the morning at 180 / 115 or so and that’s real dangerous. Once I get moving around I can get back down to something decent later in the day, but I’m good stroke candidate with numbers like that.

    I had it pretty well controlled with the med and vigorous exercise, but then the bottom fell out of the commercial real estate market and over time I started having trouble again in spite of the norvasc. Working 16 hours a day and then about 3 hours or so at the gym doesn’t allow much time for sleep so that’s probably some of it. However, do what you can to keep it down naturally and cardio is a good way to do it.
  • Fusion98102

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    Apr 21, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    I am not a certified professional, and even if there are doctors / nurses who reply to this, they don't know your medical history so its always best to get this advice from your own physician. That said, I do have something to add...

    1. My friend is a pharmacy tech, and though she cant speak for ALL pharmacies, she says those machines in the pharmacy are not "calibrated" (tested for accuracy) regularly. Since it is a universal machine used by everyone (big people, small people, etc), it can give different readings each time you use it, though they should be somewhat close. The only way to calibrate a digital machine is to have an analog test done at the same time and to compare the results. You then will know if the machine is running high or low and then you add or subtract the difference each time you use it.

    2. Since you went in "high blood pressure" on your mind, you may have elevated your blood pressure subconsciously. If you are genuinely concerned about it, buy an at home tester, have it calibrated at your doctors office so you know how accurate it is and test regularly in the comfort of your own home.

    The reality is that your blood pressure will fluctuate throughout the day and though there are key things which can increase it, you want your "at rest" blood pressure not to be high. Typically the lower number (diastolic) is the one which tests the "elasticity" of your blood vessels. A higher number there is more cause for concern that the higher number on top, which can be affected by adrenaline, subconscious concerns, etc.

    The great thing about blood pressure is that you can do things to change it for the better, even if it runs in your family. Food, exercise, stress - they can all help or hinder your blood pressure goals.

    Good luck and I hope you work it all out!
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    A typical blood pressure reading for me for the last 15 years has been 160+ over 100. Even with medication the doctor can't bring it down. I was even prevented at times from donating blood in my 20s because of high readings.

    Oh, well, I suppose some day I'll have a stroke or something. At 62 I really no longer give a fuck. And yeah, I have neuropathy, too, and about a dozen other ailments. Though 139/91 for me would be having a good day. What does your doctor say?
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    Blood pressure readings from the machines at pharmacies are never the most accurate. If you are really concerned, your best bet would be to have your blood pressure measured manually by a medical professional.

    139 is considered pre-hypertensive, with 140 considered the beginning of hypertension. However, a variety of factors can influence your blood pressure, such as exercise, stress, caffeine, excess sodium, etc. If you were at a pharmacy, chances are you had been walking around doing errands.

    What's most important is that you watch it and compare it to your normal "baseline." If you are always running 120/80 and suddenly it's jumped up, then it's something to address.

    Regardless, 139 is nowhere near dangerous. You just want to keep an eye on it and make sure if doesn't continue to go up. If it doesn't return to your normal baseline, adjust the sodium in your diet, exercise more, reduce caffeine and see what happens. If it is still going up, then talk to your doctor.
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    onexepshyn saidBlood pressure readings from the machines at pharmacies are never the most accurate. If you are really concerned, your best bet would be to have your blood pressure measured manually by a medical professional.

    139 is considered pre-hypertensive, with 140 considered the beginning of hypertension. However, a variety of factors can influence your blood pressure, such as exercise, stress, caffeine, excess sodium, etc. If you were at a pharmacy, chances are you had been walking around doing errands.

    What's most important is that you watch it and compare it to your normal "baseline." If you are always running 120/80 and suddenly it's jumped up, then it's something to address.

    Regardless, 139 is nowhere near dangerous. You just want to keep an eye on it and make sure if doesn't continue to go up. If it doesn't return to your normal baseline, adjust the sodium in your diet, exercise more, reduce caffeine and see what happens. If it is still going up, then talk to your doctor.

    Wonderful advice! I check my blood pressure at an automated machine whenever we're in the drug store. But as you say, I've been running around before I get there, with my partner driving (I can seldom drive now), and if his lunatic driving doesn't send my blood pressure into the stratosphere, I don't know what would. icon_eek.gif

    Plus, the readings in my doctor's office track with the drug store machine, so I know they're likely pretty close to reality. The important thing is to track your readings, by any method or machine, and watch for trends & changes. There are lots of smartphone apps that let you do that.
  • mybud

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    Apr 21, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    a little high....watch your sodium...mine's 100/70
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    Apr 21, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Vladimir01 saidWell mine is 130,80
    But if you are into sports and things like that (GYM including) then i think its ok to have it a bit up.
    And i am not so sure but you can always talk to a Doc icon_biggrin.gif


    Well obviously I could go see my Doctor...but I don't want to bother her over every little thing.

    I hate going to the Doctor, only to feel like I wasted her time.



    There is this notion in North America that Doctors are like car mechanics to cars.

    I'm not saying not to go to the Doctor. I'm saying work on the sweet tooth problem and exercise.
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    Go to your doctor.
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    Apr 21, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    Mine's 102 over 66...........
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    Apr 21, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    Oh I've seen some people with some blood pressure readings in 200's over 100's. I would say your BP is a little above normal but nothing to write home about
  • charmr

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    Apr 21, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    kandsk saidMy blood pressure is always high on my first reading, but falls on the second, third, fourth reading... I agree that those pharmacy machines are not totally reliable, but go back sometime when it's not busy and take a few more readings, just relaxing and breathing in between. It will probably go lower. I've had lots of tests, even a couple cardiograms that have showed no cause for concern despite similar numbers.


    "Guys in their forties can have heart attacks."

    and 30's and 20's too! Heart attacks know no age. Re: 139/90, the systolic [139] is not so high, tho they now recommend under 130 or 120 [depending on whom you talk to], but the diastolic [90] is a bit steep. I would check it out in the stores [they're more accurate than they used to be] twice a week for 2-3 weeks [2-3 times each visit;as it does vary]. If the diastolic doesn't come down to at most 80 or less , do see a doctor, but don't be in a hurry to go on meds [unless it goes and stays considerably higher]. Watch your diet. Lots of fruits and veggies, limited fats [meat] and get your salt down to 1500 mg. a day.[I assume your weight is at a reasonable level. If not, work on that too If that doesn't work, you MAY need meds. If it's 0ver 140/80 [either one] you do need to be working with your doctor, preferably a cardiologist.
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    Those machines are notoriously inaccurate, especially if the cuff wraps the biceps and you have bigger than average arms. And the forearm ones aren't really any more accurate. I ALWAYS get significantly different readings from those machines and my dr's. I'm talking systolic of 145 at the machine and 105 to 125 at the dr's office.

    Also, I note that you have Asperger's Syndrome. I wouldn't rule out the effect of anxiety, especially since you were prompted to test yourself by something you regarded as symptomatic (your eye).

    Nonetheless, if you're concerned, visit your dr. You don't want untreated high blood pressure.

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    Apr 21, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    Call your doc's office, describe this, and ask her if you should come in.
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:47 PM GMT

    I'd wait a couple days to a week and then have your blood pressure retested, during this time chill out as much as possible, watch what you eat a little bit more (or much more if you usually do not haha) than usual. You could have been going through a weird phase at that point - I was getting over being sick once and my blood pressure was high when the doctor checked it. A week later it was normal and the doctor told me because of my sudden illness I could have just been a bit more hyped up than usual.
  • mynyun

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    Apr 22, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    Those numbers seem a little high. But if you are working out and stuff then being that high shouldn't hurt. It's if you are working and couch potatoe and just all around not exercising should you worry about that.
    BUT... if you are worried you could maybe go to Walgreens or some place else that has one of those minute clinics (that a former boss of mine LOVED so much) and see what they say. Don't bother your doc.