I understand that a higher blood pressure (say, 135/80 and up) does more damage to blood vessels than the lower readings. My husband and I both, after sitting quietly, and taking it a few times (!) can get readings at home of about 125/75 or even lower to 110/70. The first reading after sitting down might be 137/80 or so. We both run around a lot at work (both 54) and when we check it then, it will always be higher, maybe even 140/85 or so, sometimes higher, sometimes lower. Does that mean all day while we are running around, and the blood pressure is higher, we are damaging our blood vessels? What is the TRUE reading, the one while you are forcing it down while relaxing, or the one that we live will all day most of the time? Most people live running around doing things, so shouldn't that be the truer reading, over the one where people spend just a few minutes a day relaxing? I find this very confusing. Our doctor says it is silly to take a reading while relaxing, because few people live their lives that way. What is the answer here?