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Blood pressure

Postby cycleruk » 14 Apr 2018, 7:30pm

Recently blood pressure readings are high - 165/87 typically. (I am overweight by a stone if that is anything to go by)
Unexpectedly, after doing a hardish ride pressure readings are lower at about 142/79, on getting home.
Any thoughts on why.?
I would expect readings to be the same.
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Re: Blood pressure

Postby david7591 » 14 Apr 2018, 8:08pm

Yes, it is normal for blood pressure to be temporarily lower after exercise.

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Postby Paulatic » 14 Apr 2018, 8:29pm

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Re: Blood pressure

Postby Thornyone » 14 Apr 2018, 8:35pm

Exercise is recommended to reduce blood pressure, but blood pressure fluctuates a good deal in any case, and tends to vary from one time of day to another, so to get a more realistic picture it is best to take readings several times a day, over the course of a week or so, at pretty much the same times each day. It is also worth reading up on the best position for yourself and your monitor, because variations in positioning can also lead to differences in readings. If you already take your BP regularly in the recommended fashion, maybe you could, if possible, try a strenuous ride daily at around the same time and follow it with readings to see how consistent the results are?

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Re: Blood pressure

Postby cycleruk » 14 Apr 2018, 9:43pm

A strenuous ride daily. :roll: You trying to kill me. :lol:
I am, or should I say my wife, is making sure that readings are taken 3 times a day.
They all tend to be around the same figures except after a couple of really hard rides.
May end up seeing the doctors if it continues.

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Re: Blood pressure

Postby Thornyone » 15 Apr 2018, 8:26am

cycleruk wrote:A strenuous ride daily. :roll: You trying to kill me. :lol:
I am, or should I say my wife, is making sure that readings are taken 3 times a day.
They all tend to be around the same figures except after a couple of really hard rides.
May end up seeing the doctors if it continues.

Sorry :D
I do think it would be a good idea to see your doctor because clearly the overall pattern of your BP does suggest that it is on the high side, and you are probably wiser to err on the side of caution. I know that some people have a tendency to latch onto the good readings whilst writing off the more “inconvenient” ones (I happen to be very familiar with someone who has been known to do this: probably not wise. But then I haven’t got a good woman to keep tabs on me :lol: ).

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Re: Blood pressure

Postby Alan O » 15 Apr 2018, 6:41pm

If you're regularly getting BP readings of around 165/87, go see the doc. Seriously, really. And don't listen to anyone on the internet (other than those who say you should see the doc).

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Re: Blood pressure

Postby cycleruk » 15 Apr 2018, 9:42pm

Alan O wrote:If you're regularly getting BP readings of around 165/87, go see the doc. Seriously, really. And don't listen to anyone on the internet (other than those who say you should see the doc).

I will be going to the Doc's.
Just getting the readings before I go. I've had high and normal readings for many years and the usual 24 hr. test.
But this is the first time that high readings have been lasting.
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Re: Blood pressure

Postby Flinders » 16 Apr 2018, 1:05pm

cycleruk wrote:Recently blood pressure readings are high - 165/87 typically. (I am overweight by a stone if that is anything to go by)
Unexpectedly, after doing a hardish ride pressure readings are lower at about 142/79, on getting home.
Any thoughts on why.?
I would expect readings to be the same.

Pressure readings immediately after exercise tend to be lower- I have been told that this is because you have stopped making demands on the heart, but the vessels are still dilated. I agree with everyone else that it's worth talking to the GP about it.