Scared - High BP

Ive always had normal Blood pressure. I should not be surprised that its high, I guess it was bound to catch up with me. Im 42 and apprx 80-90 lbs overweight. I actually feel really good other than my anxiety and stress is a little high? Before taking my BP I had drank a Grande 16oz Starbucks espresso drink. Im hoping the combination of the caffeine and walking around caused these high readings? Regardless I need to lose weight and this gave me a huge wake up call.

My first reading was 140/91. I started to get a little anxious so I repeated it- it was like 178/96? Major anxiety set in and my heart was racing. I decided to go to a different kiosk across the street to check the reading on a different machine? Readings were still 167/96. Im scared. I know I need to go to the doctor even though Ill pay out of pocket, but Id like to take action and get these lowered. Any suggestions? Thank you

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  • A good place to start is by visiting bloodpressureuk.org/Home which will give all the information you need about Hypertension. It will tell you what your blood pressure should be ideally, and how to lower it to nearer that. My BP last time was 150/80 which is better than it used to be, but I take blood pressure tablets. Getting anxious won't help though. xx

  • Sorry, but a laughed when I read the 16oz espresso! That would definitely do it.

    HBP is serious though so cutting out the coffee would be a really good start.

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