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travelsafar Wed 14-Jun-17 18:30:11

Just gotback from surgery after BP tested. Got a reading of 144/71 am not sure if that is good or not. Obviously do not require meds but wondering if it should be lower. If so what can i do to help reduce it, does anyone know?

Luckygirl Wed 14-Jun-17 18:38:25

What did doc/nurse say? Were they happy with it? Sometimes BP goes up under stress of having it taken!!

Charleygirl Wed 14-Jun-17 19:05:14

I would be happy with that reading

travelsafar Wed 14-Jun-17 19:25:23

luckygirl That is what she said,she took it twice and the reading above was the lower one.

Jane10 Wed 14-Jun-17 19:55:45

You can buy your own BP machine at Boots or online. I have white coat syndrome so always high at the Dr's.
I was told about BP machines by practice nurse and send in readings when required.
Oddly enough my BP plummeted after I retired!

HildaW Wed 14-Jun-17 20:16:38

BP readings are very prone to being affected my 'White coat syndrome'.....i.e. they go a bit high in the surgery.
If your doctor has not questioned it - you probably have nothing to worry about. Mine went through the roof when I was having something else done......Doctor got me to keep a BP diary for 10days......we have a machine at home for OH.....we then looked at the overall measurements and the Dr was happy.
One single reading is pretty pointless.

nanaK54 Wed 14-Jun-17 20:28:55

I had one random high reading a month or so ago, an appointment made straight away for another check two weeks later and happily that one was fine.
It did however highlight that my blood pressure hadn't been checked for five years - I won't let that happen again - I have to have annual blood tests for a thyroid problem I will be asking for a blood pressure reading at the same time

Jane10 Wed 14-Jun-17 20:33:45

I remember to take mine during Holy. Something about the medical atmosphere always reminds me.
DH is very competitive. On evenings with nothing much on TV we do best of 3 on the BP machine! Simple 21st century fun. smile

Jane10 Wed 14-Jun-17 20:34:47

Holby! Stupid phone autocorrecting again.

Morgana Wed 14-Jun-17 22:01:48

Does your BP drop when u have a hypo?

MawBroon Wed 14-Jun-17 22:20:08

jane10you do know how to live!!!
I can only assume there really is NOTHING on the telly! gringrin

NanaandGrampy Thu 15-Jun-17 00:18:06

I'm diabetic so I test my glucose level daily and also take 2 blood pressure readings . I add them to a spreadsheet that gives me a monthly average and when I see the GP those are the figures he uses as they're more reliable than a one off .

Jane10 Thu 15-Jun-17 08:07:31

Hey MawBroon don't knock it till you've tried it! DH will do anything to win. He slathers himself in lavender oil and goes for a lie down first sometimes, anything to win. We can't do it any more as he's now on meds that lower BP anyway. I miss our evenings of fun with the BP machine. Sigh.

Margi Thu 15-Jun-17 10:22:23

We have our own machine, and last summer, when cutting down a huge hedge and had hay fever at the same time, I got the reading that I had an irregular heartbeat. Had an appointment with the practice nurse within hours, and then a hospital appointment within 3 hours. They gave me a test thingy where you have sticky pads on your chest, and 2 weeks later decided I had nothing wrong and it was most likely stress and the wrong kind of anti-histamine pills! And all this from a surgery that gets slagged off by some, and a hospital that has been in special measures twice and is again. The interesting thing is, someone told me that a gluten-free diet can help (!!) so I tried it and there was an immediate effect. I have gradually come off it, and touch wood have had no further symptoms.

inishowen Thu 15-Jun-17 10:29:04

This is very apt for me as mine was 166/88 yesterday and I have been referred to the doctor. This is the third high reading I've had.

KatyK Thu 15-Jun-17 10:38:11

Mine is through the roof at the moment and I am on medication! I am totally stressed out over things happening here. I went to the GP this morning and it was sky high - far higher than those mentioned here. GP didn't seem unduly concerned. She has upped my meds and is sending me for blood tests but she didn't seem too concerned. I, on the other hand am waiting for the impending heart attack or stroke which doesn't help does it?

Shazmo24 Thu 15-Jun-17 10:52:20

Mine is usually around 120/65 but everyone is different

JaneD3 Thu 15-Jun-17 11:06:48

The first reading is more affected by what is going on, but your second figure is lovely and low. I wouldn't worry!

dumdum Thu 15-Jun-17 11:10:16

Have white coat syndrome so I home monitor and take results to GP appts. Usually in the region of 135 ish over 75, never had problem with the diastolic ( the lower one). I take perindopril 8mgm daily. Am diabetic so have to keep a fairly tight rein on it.

Teddy123 Thu 15-Jun-17 11:13:43

The easiest way to reduce blood pressure is to only use salt whilst cooking but don't add to meal once prepared.

Mine is 130 over something or other. It's the first number which is important. 147 is slightly elevated ....

Wilma65 Thu 15-Jun-17 11:23:32

Mine was 160/80 last time I went to the doc but he wasn't concerned because I get really stressed when going to the docs. He said he always takes about 10 off the reading for patients that get stressed and my lower level was fine, I bought a home machine but kept getting really high readings. Then I read the instuctions which said you can't get an accurate reading on the monitor if you have an irregular heart beat which I have. I went back to the doc and he sent me for and ECG and all is fine but the home monitor is no use to me.
I too worry about heart attack/strokes but am doing more exercise, started a diet and hope that will help

Anya Thu 15-Jun-17 11:46:55

The 'bottom' reading of 71 is fine. The top reading of 144 is too high.

Did they do a second BP test, as that can be lower when you're a bit more relaxed?

Best thing you can do is lose some weight. If you are not overweight then I'd have it retested in a month to six weeks.

dumdum Thu 15-Jun-17 11:57:00

I also find am very sensitive to caffeine, so mostly give normal coffee and Pepsi/coke a very wide berth.Also discovered very sensitive to weight gain, and just a small increase will raise it. Swim, dance and dog walk regularly.

grandadoscar Thu 15-Jun-17 12:00:03

hi, there are normal ranges you can find on the web. the link below is a tool on the nhs website which gives and indicator of what the numbers mean

your GP should assess what this means to you. possibly performing a follow up reading a little later then investigating why this is. I know its unconformable but please keep asking questions of your GP/nurse.

Craftycat Thu 15-Jun-17 12:06:45

I don't know what is normal but I know doctor always looks surprised & says mine is very good. When I was pregnant they always took it twice as they thought it was wrong. I assume it is low but that can be bad too I think.

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