24 hrs ambulatory blood pressure measurements

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I have just got my results and would like to double check them. I read the report online but could not copy or print it.I do not understand most of it but this what I can understand.

Daytime summary normal values 140/90 mmHg average 122/76

Nightime summary normal values 120/70 Average 115/70

Overall summary successful average 120/75

According to these reports I do not suffer from hypertension. Am I correct? I do not know whether it s summer and depending of what I have been eating. I have eaten a couple of apricots a day and have noticed the BP seems to be ok. Will need to experiment as in winter will have to eat dried ones and they contain sugar. The highest BP has been 160/100 in the past. I guess I will have to go with the report and stop being obssessed with it. Thanks

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    those results seem perfect, no need to worry at all. wish those were mine! nearly everyone, in certain situations, can have a one off higher reading. the 24 readings are done to get a better picture. my 24 hr results are so much better than GP ones. But most GPs i have seen do not follow the rules because they have not the time. You are meant to sit quietly, not talking, for at least 3 mins, and then have bp done, preferably with no medical person there, and then wait and then have the equipment re-set and have at least one other, as far as i know. The problems is time, and the fact many surgeries do not invest in automatic blood pressure taking equipment. Even if they have got it, and you get the 3 mins wait in a relaxing room, you may have had a long stressful wait in the surgery (my appointments are often delayed or the GP may have had an emergency) so neither you or a GP, or a nurse, is relaxed and you are not likely to get to be very relaxed in just 3 mins. The 24 hr monitor solves all that, if you are not under any long term stress or ill at the time, or reacting to excessive heat

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      I totally agree with everything Annie has said. Those readings are very good indeed -not sure why you are worrying about your BP but getting stressed about it is the quickest way to cause it to rise by the way. 24 hr monitoring is always going to show peaks and troughs but your overall successful average of 120/75 would make millions of people envious - believe us.

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    Those reports look like very good numbers indeed.

    BP does not generally respond to diet on a meal by meal basis, except for certain foods that might lower it temporarily, and things like a high-salt diet might raise it but only if you have the genes or if you eat like the whole large bag of potato chips! Fruit in normal quantities should have pretty much no effect.

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    Congratulations Marie you have perfect BP from your 24hr monitor which gives a much more accurate picture of BP than individual measurements.

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    Thanks I am surprised with the results as mine goes up and down all the time. Told GP will not take medication until I a fitted with ambulatory monitor. I am also wondering whether blood pressure usually drops in summer. MYy friend told me her husband goes down in summer and up in winter. He is being monitored as well.

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