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Juhana Harju
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:02 am    Post subject: Re: Blood Pressure Targets Reply with quote

jay1000 wrote:

: My resting (base line) systolic blood pressure can vary by 35 mm over
: the course of the day. So the question is what is the target? Is
: it the average over the course of a the day? Or is it the maximum
: reading anytime during the day?
:
: I have done quite a few Internet searches and have not found this
: question answered anywhere.

I don't have any exhaustive answer to your question but ambulatory blood
pressure monitoring (ABPM) is used in people with an unusual variability.

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/examinations/measuringbloodpressure.htm

I am not a doctor.

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: "Juhana Harju" <shantigiriorama@gmail.com> wrote in message
: news:4honihFihrtU1@individual.net...
:: jay1000 wrote:
::: My doctor is targeting my blood pressure treatment is to obtain a
::: systolic pressure of less than 135 mm. Blood pressure varies during
::: the course of the day...in my case between 115 mm and 150 mm with an
::: average of 130 mm. So how important are the readings above 135 mm.
::: Is my doc shooting for 100% less than 135 mm? Or 95% less than 135
::: mm? Or is only the average important?
:::
::: I'll ask him next week, but I would like to get some understanding
::: of the problem before I see him.
::
:: "I think physicians should be shooting for the blood-pressure goals
:: laid down in the guidelines—140/90 for most people—but not lower
:: than this unless
:: the patient is diabetic—then 130/80 is the target. There is no
:: evidence in favor of going lower than these values."
::
:: http://www.theheart.org/viewArticle.do?primaryKey=715681&nl_id=tho20jun06
:: (May require registration but it is free.)
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jay1000
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:26 am    Post subject: Re: Blood Pressure Targets Reply with quote

Juhana

My resting (base line) systolic blood pressure can vary by 35 mm over the
course of the day. So the question is what is the target? Is it the
average over the course of a the day? Or is it the maximum reading anytime
during the day?

I have done quite a few Internet searches and have not found this question
answered anywhere.

Jay

"Juhana Harju" <shantigiriorama@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:4honihFihrtU1@individual.net...
Quote:
jay1000 wrote:
: My doctor is targeting my blood pressure treatment is to obtain a
: systolic pressure of less than 135 mm. Blood pressure varies during
: the course of the day...in my case between 115 mm and 150 mm with an
: average of 130 mm. So how important are the readings above 135 mm.
: Is my doc shooting for 100% less than 135 mm? Or 95% less than 135
: mm? Or is only the average important?
:
: I'll ask him next week, but I would like to get some understanding of
: the problem before I see him.

"I think physicians should be shooting for the blood-pressure goals laid
down in the guidelines—140/90 for most people—but not lower than this
unless
the patient is diabetic—then 130/80 is the target. There is no evidence in
favor of going lower than these values."

http://www.theheart.org/viewArticle.do?primaryKey=715681&nl_id=tho20jun06
(May require registration but it is free.)

--
Juhana

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Juhana Harju
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Posts: 1056

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:14 am    Post subject: Re: Blood Pressure Targets Reply with quote

jay1000 wrote:
: My doctor is targeting my blood pressure treatment is to obtain a
: systolic pressure of less than 135 mm. Blood pressure varies during
: the course of the day...in my case between 115 mm and 150 mm with an
: average of 130 mm. So how important are the readings above 135 mm.
: Is my doc shooting for 100% less than 135 mm? Or 95% less than 135
: mm? Or is only the average important?
:
: I'll ask him next week, but I would like to get some understanding of
: the problem before I see him.

"I think physicians should be shooting for the blood-pressure goals laid
down in the guidelines—140/90 for most people—but not lower than this unless
the patient is diabetic—then 130/80 is the target. There is no evidence in
favor of going lower than these values."

http://www.theheart.org/viewArticle.do?primaryKey=715681&nl_id=tho20jun06
(May require registration but it is free.)

--
Juhana
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Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD
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Joined: 25 Mar 2005
Posts: 8540

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:32 am    Post subject: Re: Blood Pressure Targets Reply with quote

jay1000 wrote:
Quote:
My doctor is targeting my blood pressure treatment is to obtain a systolic
pressure of less than 135 mm. Blood pressure varies during the course of
the day...in my case between 115 mm and 150 mm with an average of 130 mm.
So how important are the readings above 135 mm. Is my doc shooting for 100%
less than 135 mm? Or 95% less than 135 mm? Or is only the average
important?

I'll ask him next week, but I would like to get some understanding of the
problem before I see him.

It is likely he is shooting for 100% less than 135 mmHg systolic.

Prayerfully in Christ's amazing love,

Andrew B. Chung
Cardiologist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://HeartMDPhD.com/TheTruth
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jay1000
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Joined: 09 Jul 2005
Posts: 26

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:53 pm    Post subject: Blood Pressure Targets Reply with quote

My doctor is targeting my blood pressure treatment is to obtain a systolic
pressure of less than 135 mm. Blood pressure varies during the course of
the day...in my case between 115 mm and 150 mm with an average of 130 mm.
So how important are the readings above 135 mm. Is my doc shooting for 100%
less than 135 mm? Or 95% less than 135 mm? Or is only the average
important?

I'll ask him next week, but I would like to get some understanding of the
problem before I see him.
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