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What causes my blood pressure to fluctuate from high to low while averaging at 143/80?

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Dr. Ilir Sharka

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Posted on Fri, 13 Jul 2018 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: My blood pressure is ranging from 160/90 to 136/78 but is averaging 143/80. How dangerous is this?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that your blood pressure values are slightly above the normal ranges, indicating stage I arterial hypertension, especially based on your average values.

Coming to this point, I would first recommend performing some tests to investigate for secondary causes of hypertension:

- a resting ECG and cardiac ultrasound
- a chest X ray study
- complete blood count
- blood electrolytes
- thyroid hormone levels
- kidney and liver function tests
- fasting glucose
- blood lipid profile
- PCR, ESR.

I would also recommend trying some natural ways to reduce your blood pressure, before deciding to start any medication:

- reduce maximally salt and caffeine intake
- perform a lot of physical activity (walking, running, Yoga, aerobics, recreational sports, etc.)
- try to lose some pounds if you are overweight
- avoid alcohol and smoking contacts.

If after following the above tips, your blood pressure values still remain high, I would recommend discussing with your doctor on the possibility of starting anti-hypertensive therapy (ARB, a calcium channel blocker, etc.).

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri




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