Why does my BP rise in Utah in winter, vs east coast?

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I spend winters in Utah, skiing. I normally live on the east coast.

When I go to Utah, my BP rises, compared to east coast BP. This has happened for 3 or 4 years. When I return to the east coast, it goes back to normal.

One obvious guess is other lifestyle changes, such as change in diet. But I probably eat more salt when I'm home. I go to the gym less often in Utah. (Note: Salt Lake City elevation is around 4,500 ft; the ski area elevation is 8,500--10,500.)

I am a 75 y.o. while male in generally very good health, with well-controlled HT.

I've found some research that shows that BP rises with increased elevation, but there's not much on this matter.

Anyone have any guesses? My Utah internist dismisses my observations, says he is not aware of increases in BP as a function of increased elevation.

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    My BP is always at its worst from about the winter solstice through Valentine's day, even down around sea level! I was wondering if it's something in the pumpkin spice everything, LOL. Just cold weather causes the body to cut circulation to the body's outer layers and this can make the readings worse and perhaps exaggerate the actual situation.

    Be careful with that skiing over age 70 ...

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    same happens to me when we go to Flafstaff AZ from the midwest. my cardiologist says there is no reason it should do this.

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      Interesting. Flagstaff altitude is 6909. How often does this happen?

      And you would think that the increased altitude might make your BP go down--less air pressure.

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    we go twice a year. i dont know why.

    after this pandemic we will go again.

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