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I have been taking my blood pressure on & off but generally at the same time each day & it has been round about 138 over 94 & my pulse is about 84.

Is this getting high? Which figure is more important?

 

My general practitioner has never taken it & the nurse does it when I go to see the rheumatologist every 2 - 3 months.

 

I have also been getting a little out of breath? Should I be concerned?

 

Sorry to keep asking questions but this is all new to me still.

 

Jensue

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Hello Jensue, My family doctor said they usually don't start watching closely until the lower number is over 94 like sweet said. My numbers started creeping up and up. When my blood pressure was 188/117 pulse101 I was finally given something to help. I was getting jittery and antsy and started pacing not realizing what was going on, but I knew I couldn't keep letting that happen. It usually would skyrocket shortly after relaxing in bed to watch tv at night. I would get up and start pacing and getting so fidgity. I was writting my pressures down. When I showed them to my doctor he finally believed me. I would also get lows like 103/64 pulse72. So keep a journal and write down what you are feeling at the time you get real highs or lows. When mine would go low I felt like my limbs were heavy and I was quite tired. Didn't have any energy. In one of my books it says : Optimal is 120/80 - Hypertensive is 120/80 to 139/89 - Elevated High is 140/90. I hope this helps. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Could someone please explain what the difference is between blood pressure numbers, for instance 120/90? (i hope you know what I mean).

 

Why is the over 90 more important than the 120?.

 

Many thanks

Celia :blink:

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Celia,

I got this from the American Heart Association's website.

 

What do blood pressure numbers indicate?

 

* The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is beating.

* The lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats.

 

The systolic pressure is always stated first and the diastolic pressure second. For example: 118/76 (118 over 76); systolic = 118, diastolic = 76.

 

When your heart is at rest, it's relaxed, therefore the pressure should be low because there is no work being done. If it's high, it would make sense that it indicates more of a problem than when the heart is beating. It takes more pressure to move blood through the heart when the heart is beating and less pressure when the heart is a rest.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thanks Janey, you explained that beauifully, Just one more question though.

 

What is considered high blood pressure, the systolic part or the diastolic, or both?

 

Many thanks

Celia :unsure:

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Thanks for the replies. I will ask at my next appoint (Rheumy) but that won't be for a while - couple of months. In the meantime I will check it & record results, ist it best to do it at the same time each day?

Hopefully I will get an appt to see cardiac specialist soon & will ask him.

 

I liked the explanation It made it sound so simple so thanks Janey for that.

 

Jensue

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