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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,805)
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2/19/14 4:55 P

x2 to what Wholenewme posted.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (145,458)
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2/18/14 8:25 P

I would be inclined to make an appointment with your Dr because it needs monitoring properly.

It is POSSIBLE that you were extra stressed because of your Grandmother, and also possibly you did the BP directly after walking/moving. Even a cough or sneeze can elevate a BP. Any of those factors can elevate your BP. The sodium content of your diet is a common factor - higher sodium can elevate a BP. Smoking can do this, too.

Getting regular exercise and good nutrition, as well as losing weight if overweight can help reduce it. BUT, you should really see your Dr so at least there is a starting point to compare it with.

Kris

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2/18/14 7:37 P

The upshot is to go see your doctor. You don't say how high your blood pressure was, but be aware that it can change 10-20 points systolic within a matter of minutes. Many clinics will let your come in for a free BP check with a nurse. If it is elevated, they will likely have you sit for 5-10 minutes and redo it. Depending on how high it is they could go any number of routes after that including working you in with the doc, setting up a follow up appt with the doc, or just having you come back in for another nurse recheck in a week or two. Your doc's office will also be able to give you specific advice on lowering your BP if it does, indeed, need to be lowered.

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2/18/14 4:48 P

I agree with Wholenewme79. In addition, consuming too much caffeine can contribute to high blood pressure.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 943
2/18/14 3:52 P

Weight loss, regular exercise, eat lots of fruits & vegetables, reduce alcohol intake, don't smoke & avoid second hand smoke, reduce stress, and lower sodium.

Do go to your doctor, though. Hypertension should be assessed by your physician.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,875
2/18/14 3:43 P

Want to lower your blood pressure when your blood pressure is low already? I have low blood pressure and if it gets even lower, I faint!

KSWENSON8 SparkPoints: (7,002)
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2/18/14 3:41 P

I haven't had a doctor's appointment in well over a year so I really haven't had it taken in awhile. Just wanting some tips to help lower blood pressure naturally.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,875
2/18/14 3:37 P

When I go to the doctor for my physical, someone (a nurse) always takes my blood pressure. Has your doctor ever notice that your blood pressure is high? I'd ask him (or her) about this. One thing to keep in mind is that blood pressure varies and that sometimes people have higher blood pressure WHEN they visit the doctor. Keep in mind that the value you got when you tested yourself in the hospital wasn't a 'resting value.'

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 2/18/2014 (15:42)
KSWENSON8 SparkPoints: (7,002)
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2/18/14 3:34 P

I went to the hospital to see my grandma who was in for some unexplained swelling of her limbs and while I was there, I saw one of the free blood pressure machines and my husband and I decided we should try it (just for fun). I noticed my blood pressure was pretty high... :(

Anyone know some tips to help lower blood pressure quick? I'm concerned now about my health!

Thanks in advance.

Kayla

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