Worried about bp test

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Had blood pressure taken yesterday it is normally 124 on top, not sure of bottom but yesterday GP said it was 161 the first test, then 154 and that he was not worried, I can feel my heart beating in my chest which I think may be a sign of high blood pressure, is this high or am I just panicking. What can I do myself to lower blood pressure? Thanks

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    Have you perhaps been suffering from a bit of stress lately?  If so that may have temporarily raised your blood pressure.  The palpitations you are experiencing can be due to raised BP, stress or a number of other reasons.  If your GP hasn't asked given your an appointment to return in a few weeks time for another check, then do ask for one;  some pharmacies will also check your BP by pre-arranged appointment.  Meanwhile lots of deep breathing and R E L A X!
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    You didn't say what your dystolic pressure is, but I'm sure that the figure points to stress/anxiety and it was probably that you rushed to Drs or you needed a per or you had just eaten there can be loads of reasons why it touched those levels, mine at Drs went through a spate of 160s but when I did a week of monitoring it averaged round 123, it's now about 110/69 which is what it was before I developed white coat syndrome.

    Don't get hung up on this one off number, have you put weight on or doing less exercise, if so try to get moving more and change your diet to aim for healthier weight, but I can't stress to much, don't worry.

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    Thank you both for your replies, unfortunately I was engrossed in looking at the top number I did not notice the bottom. I have sciatica at the moment and in a lot of pain so exercise is not easy. Hopefully that is it but will make sure I ask for a further check next time I go. Your replies have put my mind at rest.Take care
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      You have just answered your own worry, pain is a great raiser of BP, I would get it checked at a pharmacy or if you have a friend who has a device get them to do it, firstly sit for fifteen mins though and relax first.
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    You had asked if there was something you could do to lower your blood pressure.

     I don't have hypertension, but my 88 year old mother does.  She has been to the Emergency Room  numerous times because of side effects from different BP medications.  Swelling of face, tongue and throat.   I bought an automatic BP machine about a year ago and whenever I would check her BP, it was extremely high, scary high.  Then she would say, "it's been like that for years".  Anyway, after numerous medications and still high numbers, my sister did some research and found that eggplant juice can naturally lower and control blood pressure.  So, I'm saying" yeah, right".  Well, a couple of days ago I take my mother to the store and the pharmacy has a brand new, sit down blood pressure machine.  So, we take her blood pressure and shockingly it was 120/80.  My jaw drops.  I'm shocked.  My mother says she's been making her own eggplant juice.  She is still taking the BP medication, but it never actually worked before.  So I know that it's the eggplant juice.  It apparently also helps with cholesterol numbers.   She peels off the skin, dices up the rest of it and then boils in a quart of water for about 25 minutes.  The juice is then strained out.  Drink 8oz twice a day.  Straight juicing is also good.  You need to add other fruit like apple to get any juice out of an eggplant.  You can also put it a powerful blender with water and ice.   Anyway, we are now looking into drinking this on a regular basis.  I hope you will try it. 

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    All useful and relevant advice below. Nobody has mentioned white coat syndrome though.  Every time I go to the surgery and the gp wraps that cuff around my arm the BP it automatically goes through the roof. 

    It does seem sometimes that the diastolic [lower] numbers aren't considered so important but when I was diagnosed with hypertension after a 24 hr monitor, the dr said BOTH numbers were far too high. Something I hadn't realised until then. 

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    Thanks for your replies, I will give the aubergine a try. What is white coat syndrome, or am I being thick it refers to blood pressure going up in GP's. That may be it because I do get nervous at the docs.
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