Sudden increase in blood pressure

Q: I`m 57 and in very good condition. I`m spending some time in Europe on vacation and my blood pressure has risen to around 158 over 98/100. It’s normally 115/80 when I’m home in southern California. I don’t know if I need to see a doctor. Does the cold weather have anything to do with it?

A: You are experiencing a big change in your blood pressure. If you take medication, double check and make sure you are taking your medications properly. Sometimes people mix up their medications when they transfer them to smaller containers for travel. If this is not the case, it would be a good idea to be evaluated by a doctor. Being in a colder climate should not cause your blood pressure to become abnormally high although there is seasonal variation to blood pressure.

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