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What are the reasons for having a high blood pressure?

I was at the dr s this morning and my blood pressure reading was on the high side (135/90), my dr assured me she never goes by just one reading, but I am a bit perplexed as to why my blood pressure would be higher than normal. I am healthy, 27 years old, highly active (run 30 miles a week), eat healthy, healthy weight, and I wasn t nervous at all (my pulse at the time was 58 beat per minute). what can be other causes to high blood pressure? or was this just a fluke?
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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Your Dr has assured you that everything looks ok but I can understand your concern to want to understand this - and that is good. What they class as a normal BP reading is 120/80 and there could be many reasons why you are, for this one reading, above that. - maybe it wasn't a good reading by the person that took it first off (it does happen) - white-coat reading on your part - even though you said you weren't nervous - sometimes we don't feel it but our bodies respond temporarily - of course things in your diet that could effect BP - too much salt, your diet (but you say you are eating a good diet), too little potassium can raise your BP, - you exercise thats good - stress can raise it - also - caffeine can raise BP temporaily if you are sensitive to it(don't know if you had a very large strong coffee,tea or soda before going to the doc lol) - for women oral contraceptives can raise BP sometimes by a small amount So that is some of the things that can effect BP - but also this was a one time shot for you and it also wasn't that high. A lot of drug stores have BP machines in them where you can test yourself - why not go in once a week if you can and keep a check on yourself to see where you are coming it at. Just do it more than once while you are there - I always get a different reading in those machines. But by all means if you have more concerns speak with your health care provider. Take Care
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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