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Blood pressure phobia

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Zodo

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Greetings: I am a long-time sufferer of obsessions. One of them--which has lasted 20 to 30 years--is a fear of blood-pressure readings (in the doctor's office or at home). My anxiety causes unusually high readings. At home, my readings improve when I take my blood pressure about 10 times in succession. But they still do not reach normal. However, I discovered that after drinking three beers to relax myself, my initial reading is far below that which is taken in the doctor's office. Three or four readings later, my pressure reaches the normal range. Has anyone of you had a similar experience to mine? Does the "beer" reading indicate that my blood pressure really is normal (because of my relaxed state)?

My doctor and I are trying to determine whether I need BP medication. I would be grateful for any advice you can offer. Thank you.
 
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Alcohol is a depressant, so MAY cause those readings.

That is a question for your GP to answer, but you shouldn`t be using alcohol to control your blood pressure. There are many reasons for high blood pressure.

What should happen is you do your readings for a week or so , the Dr will take an average of those readings and decide whether you should go onto medication.
 
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Alcohol is a depressant, so MAY cause those readings.

That is a question for your GP to answer, but you shouldn`t be using alcohol to control your blood pressure. There are many reasons for high blood pressure.

What should happen is you do your readings for a week or so , the Dr will take an average of those readings and decide whether you should go onto medication.
Thank you.
 
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