What Would Cause Blood Pressure To Go From 103/73 One Day To 140/76 The Next?

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Asked by ciao05

What Would Cause Blood Pressure To Go From 103/73 One Day To 140/76 The Next?

Just shopping both times and my blood pressure has been all over the place. Also I have notice it spikes 140/150 ( top number) range more toward the end of my menstral cycle ?

Answer

Hi Ciao05:

It is natural for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day and maybe even a little during "that time of month". Here is a little bit of information that you may appreciate:

American Heart Association Recommendations are as follows:
Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80
Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89 High Blood Pressure
Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99 High Blood Pressure
Stage II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110.

"If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure. A single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication for those with readings of 140/90 or higher."

High Blood Pressure Treatment

Hypertension, Patient Guide

Understanding the Causes and Effects of High Blood Pressure

I think it would be best for you to record a blood pressure log for a couple weeks. If you see steady recordings of elevated readings, report to your doctor. If you don't really see a pattern or too hight of readings, you can log your blood pressure maybe for more like a month (so you can cover your menstual cycle) and then call you doctor to report your readings so he/she can give you instructions.

Take care,

Tara, RN