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Old 07-16-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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I checked my blood pressure a few weeks ago and it was 120/77 (barely pre-hypertensive)... I am in my late 30s, exercise about 3 or so times a week, 5-6, 139lbs and try to live a healthy lifestyle as much as I can. I don't drink during the week but Fri/Sat/Sun I drink 3-4 drinks a day...trying to cut that down as well.

My question was this... a few days ago, midweek, after my 40 min workout (cardio and 10 mins or resistance training) around 8pm or so (it was about 10 mins after I had finished) I went to the drug store and measured my BP. It was 125/83 which really surprised me.

I thought BP actually falls after exercise..so I have read, is this not true?

How did my BP jump from 120/77 to 125/83? Is this something I should be worried about? How is this reading for my age?
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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IMO, absolutely nothing to worry about. Yes, BP generally falls after exercise, but not always. Your BP rises and falls all the time, throughout the day and night. Maybe you were stressed out, worried, nervous about your BP--many things can cause it to rise. Try taking it once, then relaxing by doing some deep breathing, and see the difference.

Drugstore readings can vary, depending on how well the cuff is calibrated.

A fun thing to do, especially if you have a cuff at home, is to visualize and concentrate on the result you want to see--like 120 over 75 and see how close you can come to that reading. I'm getting pretty good at this. This morning, I just about nailed it dead on. The mind is a powerful tool.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Do not go by the readings on those drug store BP machines they are not 100% accurate. I think your blood pressure is fine IMO I am 41 and mine has always been between 110/80 to 120/80. When I was in my 20's one reading I got from my doctor was 96/50 and he asked how I felt and I said I felt great.If you buy yourself a cuff you will be checking your blood pressure every hour and getting yourself crazy over the numbers. My mom has one at home but her BP is 147/80 and she takes BP pills. She takes her blood pressure once every few days but before that she was checking it more often to the point of obsession. JMO.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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120/77 doesn't sound "pre=hypertensive" to me!
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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120/77 is not even close to being hypertensive.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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You can check your blood pressure every 5 minutes and get different readings each time. It all depends on what is going through your mind or what activity you're doing at the time.
Norms are 100 to 140.
Click here for a chart on blood pressure counts and the areas you need to be careful of.
Blood Pressure Chart - Normal Blood Pressure Range

My blood pressure runs normally for me 125-140 over 63-70. When I had cancer surgery done last year it was 195/95 right afterwards and my cardiologist had a fit with the surgeon. He told me if I have another procedure to check with him first.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I was at my Dr. last week (I am considered hypertensive and on medication for it) and my blood pressure was 137/80. Twenty minutes later when the Dr. took it the reading was 120/70. Nothing changed in that 20 minutes.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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You rested as you were already there.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:50 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I'd already been sitting for awhile with the first reading, which is actually closer to what it's been recently.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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^^As mentioned before your blood pressure changes every few minutes and what you experienced is not unusual. You should be happy with both readings/results.
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