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#1 Buttons

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 04:22 AM

I have just been for a blood pressure (BP) check at my general practitioner's. The nurse told me they where doing it because of cardiovascular problems but this is the first time they've ever done it. Anyway my BP reading was 148 / 88 and only recently had it done at the hospital on 2 different occasions and again it was 155 / 92 & 150 / 90, is this high? I thought it sounded a bit high but the nurse today said they only consider 150 / 90 as being high and that my BP was absolutely fine but at the hospital they thought it was high, so who is right?

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 08:14 AM

Hello Buttons

The blood pressure thing seems a bit tricky to me. At my last rheumatology appointment my BP was 145/95 so I was put on BP medication as this was considered high. Since then it has gone up and down for which I am still waiting to have a 24 hour monitoring so they can determine what my average pressure is and whether to alter the medication. In the meantime dear ole Ma has bought me a BP thingy to use at home!

According to the specialist nurse I last spoke to (who was passing on what the rheumatologist said) for sclero the concern with BP is if it keeps rising rather than going up and down, as mine goes up and down the rheumatologist thinks it's not sclero related...I have other ideas.

According to the Blood Pressure Association normal BP is up to 140/90 (detailed in the leaflet with my BP thingy) according to my sister (a midwife) the top figure should be approx. 100+your age and the bottom figure approx. 90.

If your BP is going up and down it may be worth asking your general practitioner for a 24 hour monitoring so they can find the average reading and then know whether medication is required or not. If you actually get this done you're doing better than me, my general practitioner has yet to get back to me about it! :lol:

I am going to play with my BP thingy tomorrow and can't wait to see what it says!

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:51 AM

Amanda, I had a 24 hour test done 12 months ago and the cardiologist said that it was a little high and that general practitioner would put me on medication but when I saw general practitioner he said it's not high. I have found though over the last 12 months it does seem to be creeping up. Not only that but I do have a family history of very high blood pressure, my father had it and so does my mother and also my older sister whose is very high. Also when the hospital did it they said it was high, I really don't know what to think except that I know until a couple of years ago I always had very low blood pressure!

I have got one of those BP machines so perhaps I should do it regular over a few weeks to see what it is like.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:23 AM

Hello Buttons

I think keeping an eye on your blood pressure is a very good idea and when you are concerned about it take the readings to your general practitioner for consideration. Like yourself I always had excellent blood pressure but not now, as it quite quickly deteriorated I just don't understand how it is not related to the sclero. Oh well what do we know we're just the ones inhabiting the ailing (not alien) bodies! :lol:
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