Effects of variable high blood pressure

Q: I am 73, trim, a vegan and exercise.  My blood pressure is extremely variable – in one day going from 190/92 to 167/83 to 135/65.  I am taking 5 different pills that don’t seem to help.  I have been told that since my BP does stay high I have nothing to worry about.  However, I have just read 3 studies by doctors that say variability can be more dangerous for stroke or heart attack than a consistent high BP.  They suggest a stabilizing drug.    What is your opinion about variable BP?

A: Current medical thinking is that variable high blood pressure puts you at risk for a heart attack and stroke.  You might want to discuss getting into better control with your doctor.

Further Reading:
Variable Blood Pressure a New Stroke Risk Factor? – Drugs.com

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