This morning my BP was 117/67 after waking. Very good.
Yesterday morning my BP was 151/96 after waking. Kinda bad.
Pulse rate about the same. No morning medicine, exercise, wine, for those first readings. I woke up in good spirits, good night’s sleep, good day before, on both occasions. Yet there was a big difference in BP. I wish I knew why.
Why do I believe that Diastolic BP is the problem ? Because it apparently “leads” my BP up or down. The differential pressure between DP and SP (pulse pressure as doctors term it) is about the same, and normal, which would say to me that artery/arteriole tightness is not a problem. If it were, then my pulse pressure would increase with higher BPs, my SP would go up, but the DP could stay about the same.
That is also the reason why I don’t think my Lisinopril is helpful, since its purpose is to make the arteries and arterioles less rigid.
No, I have not sought help in depth. My doctor just basically treats the prescribed way. I go into his office, take my BP, he says it’s better or worse, and adjusts Lisinopril accordingly. And the nurse is always jabbering, asking questions, when she takes my BP.
But I have learned a lot about my daily cycle of BP, and have significant data on the numbers, since my last doctor visit. The next time I see him, I will ask more in depth. My BP problem is obviously more complex than either a) clogged arteries or b) rigid arteries.
Martin, thanks much for your comments. They are very helpful.
By the way, I forgot to include the link about the benefit of higher CO2 in arterial blood. I Googled this morning, found the link but also found other links which apparently stated that BP goes up with higher CO2.
This is the “CO2 is good” link, which includes this comment — ‘Since CO2 is the most potent vasodilator’ Wait, the forum won’t let me post links. The website is normalbreathing dot com. The tab is CO2 Effects.
Another question – Does anyone from Mayo itself check the discussions on this forum, or is just us civilians ?
Thanks — Have a great day, low BP included.