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Stress, blood pressure surprises and sleep, oh my!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lately I've been noticing that my blood pressure seems to be rising. I check it once in awhile mostly just to practice taking vitals, lol. Unfortunately, I noticed back in September that it was creeping upwards, into the 130s...

and then yesterday when I went to donate blood, the nurse measured it at 153/83!!! yeeeesh.

Now...I know that I suffer from white coat hypertension...my systolic often rises to the 140s when I'm at the doc's, compared to when I take it on my own, or use one of the automatic ones at the pharmacy...but still. I've *never* seen my bp go that high before.

With a bit of doctoring, I've managed to clue into what may be causing the slow creep of the bp:

Stress: I'm a full time student working hard to carry a 95% average, I work part time in a busy little pharmacy, and I have kids and a hubby to throw into the mix as well. Finding "me" time is flat impossible.

Except clearly I need to.

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KOFFEENUT 3/16/2013 3:15AM

    That darn blood pressure reading is the invisible flag that something needs to change! Unfortunately, it's easy to ignore. No real symptoms, especially if you fail to take a reading. Also unfortunately, there are long term consequences to ignoring it! Sounds like you have a LOT of reasons to want to be around for a long time to enjoy your family and the life you have. Good luck on figuring out the best way to manage YOUR blood pressure challenge!

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