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What is the cause for continuous variations in blood pressure?

Hi, today I had to go to ER for blood pressure of 236/94... It kept going down then back up again. I do not have high blood pressure but this happened. /when they couldn't find any answer (blood tests, etc) they gave me a lose dose of blood pressure medicine and sent me home and back to my primary, My blood pressure is still going up and down between 227/91 and 210/93. I have pills to take til I see the doctor. Am I in any danger?
Mon, 13 Jan 2014
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hypertension can be primary or secondary. Primary hypertension, where there is no obvious cause is more common.
In secondary hypertension, there is something causing the increase in blood pressure such as a hormonal problem or kidney disease , among others.

If the investigations rule out a secondary cause then it is likely that you have primary hypertension.

If the blood pressure medication that you were given, reduce your blood pressure then the risk associated with uncontrolled hypertension would be decreased.
It would be best to visit your doctor as soon as possible for a follow up in case additional medication is needed.

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What is the cause for continuous variations in blood pressure?

HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Hypertension can be primary or secondary. Primary hypertension, where there is no obvious cause is more common. In secondary hypertension, there is something causing the increase in blood pressure such as a hormonal problem or kidney disease , among others. If the investigations rule out a secondary cause then it is likely that you have primary hypertension. If the blood pressure medication that you were given, reduce your blood pressure then the risk associated with uncontrolled hypertension would be decreased. It would be best to visit your doctor as soon as possible for a follow up in case additional medication is needed. I hope this helps