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Thursday, November 19, 2009 Little, Community Member, asks

Q: Erratic Blood Pressure

My mother's blood pressure has been erratic of late ranging from 90 over 60 to 195 over 98 for example. What seems odd is that it will be highest at night when she awakens from sleep. Medications have not seemed to help but rather seem to make it worse. She is on calcium and has arthrtitis and had open heart some 15 years ago. This is a new symptom however. Any thoughts?


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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
11/20/09 1:26pm

Hi Little,


Sleep apnea is one possible reason for the high blood pressure after sleeping.  I recommend she be evaluated by her physician to determine if her medications need to be adjusted to better control her blood pressure.  Regular blood pressure fluctuation of 90/60 to 195/98 is not normal.


Also, diet and lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure with increase the effectiveness of the medication.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By Little, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/08/10, First Published: 11/19/09