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High blood pressure, panic attacks, pressure increases on standing. Cause of worry?

I have had isuues with my blood pressure for many years. Most of the time it runs in the 130 s over high 80 s over low 90 s. I have problems with panic attacks as well causing my bp to increase of course. The thing that puzzles me is that my bp is about 20 pts higher when i am standing like 145/ 100 standing and sometimes higher. laying down its ok.
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Dear patient,

Postural changes generate changes in pulse and pressure in normal individuals; to compensate for the changes of gravity and pooling of blood in the lesgs when upright, the body has to increase pulse and peripheral resistance to maintain blood pressure.

You should continue your treatments for hypertension as indicated by your doctor, as well as low salt diet of at least 2 grams a day and exercise

Hope that helps, wish you the best health, blessings

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic Mn
Answered: Wed, 29 May 2013
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