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

    During a recent visit to the doctor for fever and nausea, the doctor found increased heart rate and blood pressure around 160/90. Since I had a condition of fever and used some medication for it, she said it was not alarming. After a week my BP was suddenly higher, at 180/120, and it was found during a random check. I was asked to be monitored in ER and doctor observed me for 2-3 hrs. My ECG was normal. The BP came down to 154/95 when I was discharged and doctor suggested Metaprolol 25 mg one per day. I am concerned because my levels fluctuate throughout the day, sometimes from 140/90 to 160/110. What would make my BP spike like that? At what point is the level thought to be too critical? What could help to bring it down?




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

    Hi Sam,


    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


    Yes, 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.


    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

    • 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


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