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Been taking 5mg bystolic for quite awhile with good results.

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Hi been taking 5mg bystolic for quite awhile with good results . Now my blood pressure is 150/66 could a sleep aid which I have been taking do that?
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Any other symptoms?
Customer: Seems since I started taking the sleep aid . No other symtems
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No . Been tested for everything all is ok
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

The sleep aid may do it. You have a cause and effect relationship. You have noticed that before starting it, everything was going great. But before labeling it as a sole culprit, few other cause need to be considered.

The diastolic pressure (the lower reading which is 66) gets lowered due to the atherosclerosis of aortic valve and stiffening of the aorta (the biggest artery in body). The difference between the systolic (upper) and diastolic (lower BP reading) pressure (termed as pulse pressure), should be around 50 or less. This is not alarming or urgent but is important. So this should be addressed by your cardiologist by getting a fresh echocardiography. Please read these resources;

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulse-pressure/AN00968

http://www.blood-pressure-updates.com/bp/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=277

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