Lately when I take my blood pressure, I notice large changes with each passing minute. For example, I sat down and two minutes later I took my blood pressure. It was 155/88 with a pulse of 87. I waited a minute, took it again, and it was 135/78 with a pulse of 78. I took it a third time and it was 124/78 with a pulse of 73. Should I be worried about high blood pressure? This has happened twice over the past two days. Should I sit longer before taking my initial bp? I do suffer from anxiety attacks, and this could also have something to do with it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
It is recommended to measure your blood pressure after you sit still for five minutes to give the heart enough time to rest.
The blood pressure might change really fast. There might be up to 20 mm HG difference in two measurements taken immediately one after other.
The blood pressure should not exceed systolic-140 mm Hg and diastolic-90 mm Hg in order to be considered within normal limits. Please have in mind that increasing of at least one of them (either systolic or diastolic) needs further medical attention.
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