Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby annegarrett » Tue Jun 07, 2005 01:34 pm

According to our Medical Director, the bottom number is the one to be watching most closely--anything over 80 is considered high nowadays--with 90 being "hypertensive" And of course--you should know your baseline and if it has risen more than 15 degrees--regardless of where it started at (so if you were 90/60 and are now 100/75--you are "hypertensive" enough to deserve close watching...)I would definitely make sure your OB knows your numbers and your concerns.

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby youtan » Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:28 am

Great link Suzy! My BP is sometimes wacky as well. My docs have always focused on the bottom number (diastolic) when medicating. Of course when I was pregnant with preE both numbers were sky rocketing.

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby sweetiesuzy » Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:20 am

Systolic, the top number is the contraction of the blood vessles in the heart and diastolic is the resting between that when the heart refills. I have chronic hypertension and my top number is beautiful! My bottom number is the sucky one. I think that it is just how my heart deals with the pumping mechanism. I can have pressures of 120/91 sometimes! You can be managed on meds and finding the right ones can be a challenge, but once you find the right one for you it is wonderous. Have you spoke with your provider about chronic hypertension? Have you had blood work done recently to look at your kidney function? I hope that you can get some answers from your provider soon. I suggest making an appointment specifically for this.

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby mamc2003 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 08:13 pm


It's weird we have several things in common. I was hoping to find some info on this when I logged on tonight. One thing I can tell you is that the difference b/t your diastolic and systolic is called your pulse pressure. Anything about 40 is normal and anything less than 10 is critical.

I was sick this weekend and was taking cold meds I wasn't supposed to be taking(I had no choice though, I had to take something). My bp's were 120/100 and 127/107. Pulse was 140. It really freaked me out as I was been nauseous and lightheaded all weekend. I asked the pharmacist today and she said decongestants can make the bottom number go up. So at least I know what was causing mine.

I hope you get some answers and that everything is ok. How did your heart moniter screening go?

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby mom29 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 06:53 pm

Really Dawn? That sounds interesting. I guess you know what some of us will be trying!

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby peanutsmom » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:11 am

That happened to me during my last pg.- low top and high bottom number. My doc said that I was probably dehydrated. I made sure to increase my water intake and it never did that again.

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby mom29 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 07:25 am

Are you taking bp meds. Val? I've experienced the same thing and wish I could get the diastolic to stay at 80 or under. Also, what is your pulse rate? My dh comments that my resting pulse should not be 110, but I'm thinking that might be normal for me since I'm on bp meds. Tried weaning off but can't seem to get completely off.

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby kim » Sun Jun 05, 2005 08:23 pm

Just FYI, My numbers in pregnancy, with pre-e were close together... 170/120 at one point. But, even now, my top number is ALWAYS low. My bp these days runs about 100/80... I've always wondered if it means anything.
Good Luck!
Also, Val, I notice that with panic attacks, my top number rises a lot and my bp will be like 150/60 or so. Don't know if that helps. Good luck!

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby princess purr » Sat Jun 04, 2005 07:15 pm

My readings were weird like that at the doc office and he didn't say anything (I was in there asking about my heart flutters that I'm having), I just took it again and it was 110/77 and my pulse was 84. I'm starting to think i'm having panic attacks and that is what is causing my problems :-(

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Re : Low top number, high bottom number (blood presure)

Postby yarropilz » Sat Jun 04, 2005 07:10 pm

I've had these kinds of weird readings occasionally, too. My OB took it seriously enough to send me to L&D immediately for monitoring, but the pressures had dropped by the time I got there. Another doctor suggested that it might have been a problem with my monitor? They don't expect to see the two numbers so close together. But mine were isolated instances and yours seem pretty consistent. I assume you've told the doctor? And he or she isn't concerned?

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