• sam sam
    April 12, 2010
    What makes blood pressure suddenly increase?
    sam sam
    April 12, 2010

    During a recent visit to the doctor my blood pressure was suddenly very high, so high that I had to go to the emergency and be monitored for several hours. I was put on metaprolol, but my blood pressure still spikes throughout the day. What would make my blood pressure go up like that? At what point is it so high that I shoudl go to the ER again?



  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    April 12, 2010
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    April 12, 2010

    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg


    Eating a diet that includes potassium rich foods will help promote a lower blood pressure. I also recommend you learn about the DASH diet. It's a very effective way to lower and manage high blood pressure.


    From the information you shared I think "white coat hypertension" may be playing a role. That doesn't mean you don't need the medication, but it's something to be aware of.


    Here are some other links you might find helpful.


    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure


    Have High Blood Pressure? Don’t Eat These Foods


    7 Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Risk of a Blood Clot


    • adlerman
      April 24, 2015
      April 24, 2015
      "white coat hypertension" was not a problem earlier. The writer never said it was her first visit to this guy. Somewhere on this site there was also a warning not to eat fat if you have HBP- sounds like you're still in that gov. fiasco from years ago about fat making you fat. This is 2015- most people have caught on that low fat and no fat foods made Americans the biggest people on the planet. READ MORE
    • Huck
      September 19, 2016
      September 19, 2016
      A spike to stroke level is not treated with the dash diet or explained by white coat hypertension. This is a poor answer and should be removed. READ MORE
    • delta-flyer
      April 29, 2017
      April 29, 2017
      The "expert" answer sounds like total nonsense. I've had perfect blood pressure until now, I run, exercise, eat well and am normal weight, and just a few months short of 69. Today I had a regular 6 month check-up and my blood pressure went from perfectly normal to very elevated. Silly me, I thought I would find an intelligent answer here. READ MORE
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