Q: Blood pressure reading initially after exercise is up—i.e.(145/85) as expected…then taking subsequent readings blood pressure continues to rise for a few more readings(160-70/90-95) during like a 5 minute period before starting to come back down toward a more manageable range- 130/80….Can you explain why BP will rise like that while resting after exercise before eventually dropping back to the more manageable range?
A: Your blood pressure changes could be a sign of heart disease. You should have this evaluated by your doctor. Diastolic pressure that continues to rise after exercise and the delay in lowering of systolic pressure both are worrisome. If you are on blood pressure medicine, these changes may be related to the medicine you are taking.