High Blood Pressure Scare, and Prayer Request
Friday, April 08, 2016
My blood pressure usually runs anywhere from low to the lower normal range. Today I had a couple of mild chest pains so I decided to check my blood pressure just to be safe. I don't generally worry too much about a few minor chest pains because I get these quite often from anxiety, but since I got a new blood pressure wrist cuff I decided to try it out. My blood pressure was quite high. For those who experience high blood pressure on a regular basis, mine might not seem that high at 148/80, but mine usually runs anywhere from 70-90 as the top number and around 50-60 as the bottom number, so this is very high for me.
The last time I had chest pains and my doctor sent me to the hospital, the cause of my pains was that my potassium level was extremely low, so as soon as I read my pressure, I took a couple of potassium supplements, then waited a few minutes and rechecked my pressure. The cuff came up with error after error, but when I was finally able to get a reading, my blood pressure had gone up to 154/82, but at least I was no longer having any pains. This is extremely high for me, since the highest I have ever seen mine was 159/? one time in my life, and never seen the top number go over 121 during anything less than an extreme situation. I'm pretty sure the errors were a user error since I had my son check his BP and he had no problems with the cuff.
I continued to monitor my BP over the next hour and it is now down to 130/80, which is still high for me, but much better than it was. I will wear my blood pressure wrist cuff for a while and keep checking every 15-20 minutes for a while to see if it continues to drop, or if I need to visit the ER today. Prayers would be appreciated.