Did you know that there is not just one fluctuating blood pressure, but at least five types?
Not all are worrisome. Some are actually normal and some you actually want to have. Your task is to distinguish the good from the bad and desirable from undesirable.
If you don’t think your blood pressure fluctuates, you either don’t know yourself or live an incredibly boring life and your flat numbers reflect that.
Blood pressure fluctuations vary
First of all be assured that some blood pressure fluctuations are absolutely normal and even necessary. You just need to know which ones those are. To help you do that I categorized them below into five different types. Only one type is healthy. This is the only type you should be happy about.
If you are not sure about blood pressure numbers download the chart below. It has a handy summary.
Types of fluctuating blood pressure
1. Mostly normal numbers with occasional blood pressure spikes
When your numbers are normal most of the time, but occasionally and apparently for no reason, there is an unusual spike this is what you need to do before you panic: check your monitor. If you have an old or unreliable one it can play tricks on you. If you are not sure get a better unit here
If you are sure that the monitor is in working order the second thing you need to check is the timing of these blood pressure spikes. In other words you need to know when the spikes occur. Is it after exercise, at a doctor’s office, or before a job interview? This is vital information. Depending when your blood pressure spikes it may be normal or not. Generally spikes due to physical exertion are good, but the ones from excitement are not so good.
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2. Mostly high with a super spike
High blood pressure is just not just one high reading, but a variety of readings from high to very high. Data shows that steady hypertension is far less dangerous than hypertension with blood pressure spikes. The latter is more concerning, because strokes and heart attacks occur at the moment of spike.
Hypertension accompanied by a super spike is considered to be the most dangerous type of fluctuating blood pressure and should be feared. It is most frequent in people with long-standing hypertension and advanced arterial blockage. If you notice such spikes the doctor may have to adjust your heart medication or send you for extra tests.
Fortunately atherosclerosis and hypertension, including super spikes, are reversible. But don`t confuse “reversible” with “manageable”. Reversal requires lifestyle changes. Management can be done with prescription medication without any other effort. If you don’t want to be stuck with pills and their side-effects, you need to learn what causes hypertension. The links below will guide you.
There are however natural methods that can help with hypertension. Here are some options
3. Mostly normal with an occasional dip
This is one of the rarest types of fluctuating blood pressure. It happens mostly to elderly or individuals with low electrolyte and fluid reserves. Dehydration or diarrhea can precipitate it. Heat, illness, sauna, physical exertion and anything that promotes heavy sweating can also lead to a temporary hypotension and lead to loss of electrolytes that hold blood pressure up.
Occasionally menstruation or stress can cause a bout of low blood pressure as well. Hypotension is not an innocent issue as most people think. Even a temporary loss of pressure has negative health consequences. To learn about the effects of hypotension look up the articles below.
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4. Mostly low with sudden blood pressure spikes
Hypotension (low blood pressure) with intermittent spikes is one of the hardest types to spot, but once discovered consider treating it a properly, because it indicates poor health.
Fluctuating pressure of this kind may be caused by poorly adjusted heart medication, which is frequently the case in the elderly. If such blood pressure fluctuations occur and the medication cannot be blamed for it look at adrenal fatigue as the underlying cause.
Adrenal fatigue can be the result of prolonged stress and inability to cope with it. An occasional blood pressure spike may be noticed at the time of a significant stress such as pain, fever, emotional upset, or unusual physical exertion. If adrenal fatigue is the cause behind erratic circulation then it makes no sense to treat the heart. One needs to treat the adrenals. Order a kit to test.
5. Blood pressure is all over the place
When the numbers become totally erratic, swinging from high to lows, it is time to check other body systems besides the heart. Erratic blood pressure is common in elderly and debilitated individuals. Prescription medication for the heart usually adds to the problem causing the numbers to behave even more erratically.
This type of fluctuating blood pressure requires a more than just heart medication adjustment. It requires a thorough look inside the body. Among the aggravating factors are: malnutrition, wrong gut flora, and even lack of physical conditioning. The list is very long. Some of these factors have been addressed in my recent research paper on dysautonomia.
To straighten out erratic circulation without medical jargon read The Ultimate Guide to Low and Fluctuating blood pressure. It is full of tips and solutions as well as tests for discovering the underlying causes.
For another easy read on fluctuations go to BP 101