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Posted by: Jenna | 2009/11/05

From low blood pressure to high blood pressure

Hi,

I have been on an exercise programme for a month where I train 5-6 days a week. I have also eaten much healthier this month, reducing take-aways and too much fat. I took all my vital stats today to benchmark my progress and was alarmed when the machine said I had high blood pressure: 148/58 or something to that effect. I remember the top number was above normal and the bottom one was fine. This is confusing because I have always suffered from low blood pressure. Plus, surely the exercise and dietary changes are a good influence.

Should I be concerned and what could cause such a high reading? I measured my blood pressure 5 minutes after resistance training on the treadmill, where you go fast and slow for 20 minutes. Could the fast and slow maybe have had an effect?

Thanks!

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Hallo Jenna
don't measure your bloodpressure directly after exercising - do it before you exercise. Exercise increases your blood pressure temporarily.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Jenna | 2009/11/09

Hi,

Thank you very much. Will test tomorrow before exercising. I just realised that if my blood pressure is still high, it' s probably from thes stress of buying a home now! Very stressful  )

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/11/05

Hallo Jenna
don't measure your bloodpressure directly after exercising - do it before you exercise. Exercise increases your blood pressure temporarily.
Dr Bets

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