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Friday, August 27, 2010 Eddie, Community Member, asks

Q: Does you blood pressure stay up for a little while after starting to exercise. I mean even in the evening when you exercise in the morning? More details in the optional sectone

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am a 34 YOA WM 6 1 227lbs,smoker no significant medical problems been really lucky medically. My family has had some very significant cardiac history. My father's first child from his first marriage died at six from a cardiac condition at 6yoa unsure of the exact cause (way before I was born). My brother from my parents had to have a by pass surgery at 6. The used his left subclavian artery to by pass part of his aorta stenosis. From my mother's first marriage she had a son that had to have heart surgery also. I am not clear way. I have had no cardiac problems. I have decided to start exercising and I am going to stop smoking. This week starting Tuesday (today is Friday) starting walking for 45 minutes every day. I could not really get my Heart Rate up for the first 2 days. So I decided to sprint for about a 1/8 of a mile after about 3/4 of a mile walked. So I walked 3/4 mile sprinted about 1/8 then walking another 3/4 then sprinted again 1/8. then walking another 3/4 for cool down. Went about 3 miles total. I have also started nursing school 2nd semester. Last semester my BP was about 125/70 that was in around march. I took my blood pressure last night and it was 150/70 after being in bed for 30 minutes. This morning when I woke up it was about 150/70 + pulse was between 85-95 both times. My questions is does a person blood pressure go up and stay up when first starting a exercise program for a little while or should it return to normal. I regret not taking my bp before I started exercising. I exercise in the morning. I know it was long but wanted you to have the whole story. thanks in advance
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8/28/10 2:29pm

Hi Eddie,


I agree, I wish you had monitored your blood pressure prior to starting an exercise routine. However, it's unlikely your elevated blood pressure is due to the physical activity. If I had to guess, I'd say your levels were high prior to starting the exercise.


Check out this post - Low Blood Pressure After Exercise


I encourage you to consult with your physician, stick with your exercise routine (which will help you lower blood pressure levels), and take additional steps to lower blood pressure - High Blood Pressure: 9 Steps to Rein in Skyrocketing Numbers


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Dr. TAMallick, Community Member
11/ 9/12 1:51pm

Simply maintaining helth, walk half an hour or one mile is enough. A research report told us that walking speed should 100 steps per minute.

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By Eddie, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/09/12, First Published: 08/27/10