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Understanding blood pressure

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MoreSnowPlease Fri 12-Aug-16 20:33:16

I suspected something was wrong with my blood pressure so I bought one of the monitors as it always showed as normal at doctors. If really like someone to help me interpret it please. I think it's called postural hypertension but I don't really know what to do about it, I feel awful in different positions and basically want to lie down all the time as that's where I feel best, but, you know, life gets in the way smile

Anyway, I took it when:

sitting- 103/97, pulse 93
Standing - 94/90, pulse 117

So it looks like it drops when I stand, but then I squatted down for a few seconds as I know I feel light headed after doing that and then standing. When I stood up I took it and it's 157/150, pulse 131.

I mean, the monitor is flashing red and I know that's high. So what do I do?

MaudGonneMad Fri 12-Aug-16 20:34:43

Go to your GP and ask for 24 hour monitoring.

MoreSnowPlease Fri 12-Aug-16 20:41:13

Ok, didn't realise you could do that, thanks. Strange that sometimes it's higher on standing and sometimes lower

FaithAscending Fri 12-Aug-16 20:43:57

Ok, postural hypotension, I know a fair amount about this because of work. Ideally you do lying and standing - lying for at least 5 minutes. Then you check it lying down, (after the 5 minutes) and then as soon as you stand up. A drop of 20 or more of the top number, or 10 of the bottom indicates a 'postural drop'. If there's no drop or it goes up, you check it again after you've been standing for 5 minutes. So according to the readings you've got, there isn't a postural drop.

I tend to agree with Maud though, your GP should be checking it and a 24 hour tape might be interesting (you do a diary of what you're doing). A preference to be flat or lie down doesn't necessarily mean blood pressure, it could be inner ear or vertigo. I'd ask to be referred to a specialist if I were you.

MoreSnowPlease Fri 12-Aug-16 21:11:44

Thanks faith would it cause chest pain having such a high blood pressure?

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