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hearty
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   Posted 6/8/2006 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried to google this, but found nothing good. Can anyone tell me why your blood pressure goes up when you are scared?  Why would it go up and not your heart rate at the same time?  Thanks.

hearty
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   Posted 6/9/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I ask because I had an endoscopy done yesterday and my bp right before was 157/96 and the nurse acted like it was no big deal...I was scared. Today I checked it at home and it was 115/74.

It has been 130/90 lately at the doctor's office and he acts like I had better get a handle on it, etc.... so I don't know what to think.

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 6/9/2006 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi hearty, i am not totally certain but i think it is because your body goes into a fight or flight mode which effects the way your blood vessels function.do you have a heart condition? high cholesteral? i only ask because 130/90 is not all that bad, but in conjunction with heart issues it is a bit high, but i would not think dangerously.

hearty
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   Posted 6/9/2006 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
no heart problems....no high cholesterol...just don't care for the doctor's office:):)

i check it at home and, for example, today was 115/74

Hopes
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   Posted 6/10/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Blood pressure that is 130/90 is considered bordeline high today. That is why your doctor is wanting you to get a handle on it through diet and exercise. Once it is consistently 140/90+ it is considered high and they usually start trying medication. Consistently high blood pressure over time begins doing damage to your organs they say and puts you at higher risk for heart problems.
 
However many people don't like doctor's offices and have what it called "white coat syndrome". That means that their blood pressure is high in the doctor's office but normal at home or during the day. Many doctors will ask a patient to keep track of their blood pressure away from the doctor's office and let them know what it runs. No need to go on medication unneccessarily!!! They find that many patient's blood pressure is fine away from the doctor's office.
 
You are doing the right thing by keeping track of it at home. When you go in to his office and it is high show him your readings from home. :-) That should keep your doctor happy! Just don't fudge on the numbers or play the "I'll keep this reading but throw out that reading" game! It will not be helpful to your health in the long run.
 
By the way, they have found that many people with borderline high blood pressure readings can control blood pressure by simply doing relaxation techniques once or twice a day. tongue COOL! That's easy, cheap and feels good!!!!!! Better than meds IMO.

Post Edited (Hopes) : 6/10/2006 6:10:04 PM (GMT-6)


hearty
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   Posted 6/10/2006 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much...I know if I sit still and breathe deeply and think really positive thoughts and then take my bp it is below 120/80. If I have been somewhere where someone has made me feel nervous and come home and take it right away it is 150/90. So I have made the nerves connection on my own but I just needed info like you gave me since this is new to me. I have started walking again and think that will help too. I am only 39 so it surprises me to deal with this at all.

hearty
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   Posted 6/10/2006 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Lou, Wow!!! You must be an MD!! Thanks for such an awesome answer. One thing I don't get is why does my bp go up and not my pulse? My bp at the docs before my scope was 157/96 while my pulse was 78. That does not make sense to me. Different hormones?

hearty
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   Posted 6/10/2006 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the tip....nope I was not on oxygen...they took the bp and pulse and then gave me the iv and then the procedure....the doc was not the least bit worried about the bp...i am just a super curious person!!!!
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