Very wide blood pressure fluctuations can signal an increased risk of developing heart ailments and also an early death.
In a large study conducted on people taking blood pressure medications, it has been found that a variation of more than 15 mm Hg in the systolic reading between the doctor visits is linked to 25% increase in the risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death. Systolic blood pressure is what we see as the top digits while measuring a blood pressure reading.However, most people are unaware of the fact that their blood pressure is constantly changing every minute in response to activity, mood, and body position etc. In fact, simple changes in our day to day activities can cause our blood pressure to fluctuate more than 5 mm Hg every day. Anxiety and stress are two major factors that can cause a great surge in the blood pressure. So, if you have your blood pressure measured while thinking about something that makes you to get stressed and tensed, your blood pressure levels can increase significantly.
Moreover, all products which contains nicotine (cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco) temporarily increases your blood pressure. So if you are suffering from frequent blood pressure change, refrain from smoking tobacco products at least 30 minutes before measuring your BP.Similarly, caffeine and alcohol (alcoholic drinks, sodas, tea, coffee) intake causes blood pressure levels to spike and remain high for a long time. So stay away from caffeine and alcoholic drinks at least an hour before measuring your blood pressure levels. It has also been observed that blood pressure tends to fluctuate a lot when you are cold. Hence before taking your blood pressure measurement, try to stay in a comfortable temperature, so that you don’t find your blood pressure going wayward and wrong.
Having a full bladder before measuring your blood pressure is another condition that make your blood pressure change during the procedure. It has been observed that blood pressure tend to remain lower when the urinary bladder remains empty. So as your bladder gets filled up your blood pressure also increases subsequently. Studies have proved that when you have a full bladder, your systolic blood pressure reading may increase by 10-15 mm Hg, much higher than you have expected. So always urinate before you get your blood pressure checked, to find an accurate reading.
As a general rule for all people who have a changing blood pressure, people suffering from this malady should always focus on taking their medications and adhere to a healthy diet and exercise regime, for remaining fit for the rest of their life.