I had a routine dr's visit this week and the nurse came in to do the usual vitals. When she did the BP she asked me if I had high blood pressure. I said "No, it's always 120/78" Well it was 152/92! She repeated it and it only went down a few points.
When the Dr came in we discussed it and he took it again. Still high, but a little lower (140/86)
I stopped by 3 drug stores during the day and got about the same results. I have since borrowed an automatic cuff and I keep getting somewhat the same reading, est on the systolic (first number)
I contacted my primary care dr and left him a note about this and I am awaiting his call.
I visit a Dr every 3 months so I have a pretty good idea of my BP and it always has been normal 120/78. Now since my last Dr's visit in July my BP has jumped 30 pts on the high end.
I ride about 100 - 120 mi a week and keep my HR in zone 3 and 4. I've never had any heart problems (not real ones, a few scares but they were always nothing cardiac) and I don't have any family history of hypertension.
I have been drinking a lot of Splenda laced drinks over the past summer as well as Gatorade and HEED. I also take Enduralytes in the summer for long rides. Now that the weather here is cooling, I'll back off of the Enduralytes, and change over to just water for hydration.
I'm a bit puzzled as to why the sudden jump in the BP despite my exercise, active lifestyle and good eating habits.
Feel free to pontificate on my dilemma as I await the Dr's call.