Then there’s the rest.
“Actually 20% of the people who currently take blood pressure medicine,” Dr. Arash Tirandaz of Texas Health Plano said. “They don’t need it.”
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High blood pressure symptoms include severe headaches, fatigue and difficulty breathing–pretty common issues which leads people to the conclusion they have high blood pressure.
“Your blood pressure can also be elevated if you’ve had a bunch of coffee, a whole bunch of stress that day,” Dr. Tirandaz said. “If you take Sudafed, certain over the counter cold medicines, your allergy medicines can cause you to have an elevated blood pressure.”
Dr. Tirandaz considers the doctor’s office is the worst place to have your blood pressure taken because people are so nervous–it even has a name “white coat hypertension.”
Home may be the second worst place to check your blood pressure.
“You think, well let me go check my blood pressure and ah, my blood pressure is elevated,” Dr. Tirandaz said.
That’s because of operator error–or the cuffs don’t fit right.
“Every year we get two or three people in the clinic because they feel like they have high blood pressure or their dentist sent them over and their blood pressure turns out to be completely normal,” Dr. Tirandaz said. “It was just an error is measurement.”
Dr. Tirandaz said the grocery store or drug store is a good place to check your blood pressure because you’ll be nice and relaxed.
“I would be worried if your top number is above 160 on a consistent basis and your bottom number is above 90 on a consistent basis,” Dr. Tirandaz said.