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Different Blood Pressure Readings throughout the day

I have been told by my doctor my blood pressure is too high and he has put me on  Amlodipine tablets.I have just bought a Blood Pressure Monitor but when I use it all readings are different for example these are the six readings I have just taken.160/83,149/81,144/76,138/76,138/73 and 131/76 they were taken in that order.My left arm did not move the whole time and I was sat straight can someone explain why the readings got lower
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973741 tn?1342346373
Hi.  I think it is important to ask your doctor when to take your blood pressure for accuracy.  It WILL fluctuate during the day, absolutely. Most have patients take it first thing in the morning and record that as an accurate reading and way to measure.  And home monitors aren't always the most reliable. But with that said, your top number does seem elevated.  I'd also ask if you take it if there is a 'danger' zone number that they want you to call them for such as the 160. The other numbers while elevated are not likely to be dangerous.  How long have you been taking the Amlodipine?
15695260 tn?1549596713
Hello and welcome to the forum. Thank you for your question. I'm glad you are tracking your blood pressure at home s this helps in understanding if you have hypertension and to what degree.  Different readings throughout the day is normal.  Here is a guideline to help understand the best way to monitor your BP at home:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20047889  This is a quote regarding how often and times of day:   " The first measurement should be in the morning before eating or taking any medications, and the second in the evening. Each time you measure, take two or three readings to make sure your results are accurate. Your doctor might recommend taking your blood pressure at the same times each day."  The American Heart Association concurs. The guidelines also state to not actually monitor your BP when you first wake up.  Another quote: "Don't measure your blood pressure right after you wake up. You can prepare for the day, but don't eat breakfast or take medications before measuring your blood pressure. If you exercise after waking, take your blood pressure before exercising."  Optimal blood pressure is 120/80.  I would speak to your doctor regarding your readings.  Let us know how it goes.
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