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Do I have high BP, readings vary during the day

I went to the doctor because I have been having a horrible time sleeping. The nurse took my blood pressure and it measures 145/95. However, I am always super nervous while at the doctor. So upon pikcing up my meds, I purchased a blood pressure monitor at the pharmacy. At home while relaxed it measures 128/84 and ranged up and down a little until I went to bed. Upon waking, when I was just getting up, it measures 119/74, but after I ate, had half a cup of coffee it measures 136/88. So since mine seems to vary so much, active up and about versus in bed and relaxed, how does one gauge whether or not it is high ? Thanks
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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They're supposed to do it after you've been resting a while usually at least 10 minutes. It's not surprising that you're blood pressure rises at the doctor's office. It's common in fact they call it white coat hypertension. 145/95 is high but borderline, you're not that bad off. If you can loose a few pounds and exercise a bit more you'll probably be able to drop the meds. Blood pressure can vary as much as 30 points in a very short time, your fluctuations are quite normal.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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