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Blood pressure first reading at home much higher than taken later. Significance of initial reading?

When I measure my blood pressure at home the first reading is usually much higher than the subsequent one taken a few minutes later. For example, today the first systolic reading was 150 (over 78 diastolic) followed 2 minutes later by 121 (over 79), and 2 minutes after that it was 124 (over 80). I am on Amlodipine 5mg once daily. My systolic readings are always high (sometimes very high) when taken by a doctor, but often low at home. How much significance should I attach to the high initial readings?
Asked On : Sun, 22 Jul 2012
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM
I am a jr. to Cardiologist and wants to help you out. In my personal Opinion your High reading might be due to Anxiety or White Coat induced Hypertension (That cause by seeing a doctor). Our heart beats about one lac times in 24 hours so with every beat reading of BP changes. Not to worry if it comes high in few readings. If it constant than consult your doctor and alter your medications. Otherwise continue the same medication.
Best Wishes
Dr. Dinesh Kumar Bhatia
Health Care Magic
Answered: Mon, 23 Jul 2012
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