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Why I have high BP ?

I believe i had always had higher than normal blood pressure . But i cant figure out why. I am a healthy male, eat more than my fair share of greens, and exercise on a daily basis and yet, when i went in to donate blood yesterday my blood pressure read 150/92! what is the cause ?
Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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There are many factors that can affect your blood pressure. Some of those factors are: - Stress (Emotional, mental and physical) - Some medications can cause a rise in BP - Poor sleep habits and sleep disorders (Sleep Apnea, not enough sleep, sleep disturbances, etc.) - Body position as the reading is taken (lying down. sitting, arm not level with heart, etc.) - Also there is a condition called "White Coat Hypertension". This is when a person visits a doctor and their BP goes up. It's an example of mental stress. Please remember that a persons BP can change drastically over a short period of time, often within minutes. No single reading can indicate High or Low BP. Several readings over time must be taken before there is a need for concern. Please don't be alarmed by this one reading. To help ease your mind, I have included some links to some trusted web sites. Check out the links below and relax, your BP is on the rise. I hope this brings it back down, settles your anxiety and provides some education. My information comes from my experience with 5x Bypasses in Oct. 2006. I also have High BP (Hypertension) and High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia), COPD (Emphysema) and Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sincerely, Terry
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