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High systolic/ low diastolic bp?

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Created February 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I've been eating pretty clean paleo for 14 months or so. Just got my bp taking when I was at the doc and it came out 134/72 if I remember correctly. Any thoughts/ ideas?

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on February 12, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Interesting. I didn't measure my resting heart rate pre-paleo, but I know it's something around 60 bpm now

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on February 12, 2011
at 05:38 AM

Yeah, that's what I think, stronger heart beat could yield higher bp when pumping.

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on February 11, 2011
at 11:30 PM

My doctor would be thrilled if mine was 134/72! I just came off blood pressure meds after 9 years and usually test in the 130/140's over 80's and she's very happy with that.

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on February 11, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Wow, another question that's been on my mind lately that I haven't gotten around to asking myself! (Because mine is nearly exactly the same, last I checked, which was about 20lbs ago or so)

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on February 11, 2011
at 11:21 PM

More than likely a sympathetic response from the anticipation of taking your blood pressure---aka "white coat syndrome".

Do multiple testings while resting 5min between each, or multiple testings multiple times/day for a more accurate average.

The nurse and/or physician should have recognized this and done at least two BPs on you.

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Aren't ketones supposed to increase the hydraulic efficiency of the heart? Might that make the pumping pressure higher?

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on February 12, 2011
at 05:38 AM

Yeah, that's what I think, stronger heart beat could yield higher bp when pumping.

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on February 11, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I had high BP a year ago - ususally something like 144/86 or 136/89. Then I started exercising last June, and went paleo last October. The diet didn't help until I really started eating a lot of meat a month ago.

Anyways, my BP this morning was 115/80, which is pretty normal for me. But when my heart is pounding, my systolic increases noticeably; sometimes it's 140, and at the doc's it was 170! But then I went to the drugstore and then home, did it both places after sitting a minute, and got ~123/80. I think that in some people, systolic is highly susceptible to "white coat hypertension". I'm not too worried but I am keeping with CoQ-10, magnesium, and Vitamin D as well as a meat-heavy diet in order to try and get it lower all the time.

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on February 11, 2011
at 07:08 PM

When my mother went paleo, her systolic went up a tiny bit, and diasystolic went down a lot. Her average beats per minute went down quite a bit as well. The docs didn't seem to care at all, maybe because she's 73 and so most her age are in far worse shape. Our suspicion was that her heart was beating less often but harder each time it beat, thus making for higher pressure at each beat, but more space inbetween each beat. I'd be curious if your average beats per minute has changed at all.

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on February 12, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Interesting. I didn't measure my resting heart rate pre-paleo, but I know it's something around 60 bpm now

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