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    All of a sudden my blood pressure starts peaking. I don't have any way to measure it, but I feel my heart beats all over by body. What is causing this and what should I do about it? I've been on PB a little over 4 months now. Is it not enough carbs? It's uncomfortable and a little frightening.
    "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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    Coffee?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Annieh View Post
      Coffee?
      One cup in the morning, sometimes one cup at night. I'm sure willing to give that up but it doesn't seem like enough to have this effect, do you think? This spiking is happening like 12 times a day.
      "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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      • #4
        It may not be elevated blood pressure. You need to measure it to be sure. To do so you have to sit down for 15 minutes before having it done so don't run to the nearest pharmacy.

        Elevarted heart rate does not mean high bp.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by frenchie79 View Post
          It may not be elevated blood pressure. You need to measure it to be sure. To do so you have to sit down for 15 minutes before having it done so don't run to the nearest pharmacy.

          Elevarted heart rate does not mean high bp.
          OK, Thanks. When I run to the pharmacy, what should I ask for? Can they take my BP?
          "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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          • #6
            Most big chain pharmacies like CVS have bP machines you can use yourself or they will sell you a very inexpensive home model. Frenchie is right about the heart rate elevation=/=high BP. But you should test if it concerns you.

            Another question: have you been eating a lot of coconut products lately? They can rev up your metabolism and give you that kind of "surge" feeling. Great for burning fat and nothing to be concerned about for heart health.

            p.s. even if the coffee has nothing to do with what you are having right now, it would still do you nothing but good to get it out of your body.

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            • #7
              If you're worried about your BP, you should invest in a monitor you can use at home. I have a wrist monitor, and although they're supposed to be inaccurate, I test it periodically when I visit doctors, and it's always right on.

              You usually don't 'feel' high BP--which is why it's known as a 'silent killer.' I have a tendency to low BP, and I get the feeling you describe if my BP drops too low. The heart beats faster to raise the BP, and if I check, my usual 64 pulse rate is up to 80.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                Most big chain pharmacies like CVS have bP machines you can use yourself or they will sell you a very inexpensive home model. Frenchie is right about the heart rate elevation=/=high BP. But you should test if it concerns you.

                Another question: have you been eating a lot of coconut products lately? They can rev up your metabolism and give you that kind of "surge" feeling. Great for burning fat and nothing to be concerned about for heart health.

                p.s. even if the coffee has nothing to do with what you are having right now, it would still do you nothing but good to get it out of your body.
                In the last week I've changed from real cream to coconut cream but I've only used it in coffee so far. Is reving up metabolism the same as reving up heart rate. Why don't I already know these things?
                "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by emmie View Post
                  If you're worried about your BP, you should invest in a monitor you can use at home. I have a wrist monitor, and although they're supposed to be inaccurate, I test it periodically when I visit doctors, and it's always right on.

                  You usually don't 'feel' high BP--which is why it's known as a 'silent killer.' I have a tendency to low BP, and I get the feeling you describe if my BP drops too low. The heart beats faster to raise the BP, and if I check, my usual 64 pulse rate is up to 80.
                  Thank you emmie. So it must be my heart rate, not pressure. But what is causing it to speed up? My heart rate is just normal, not low.
                  "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                  • #10
                    Usually there aren't many symptoms of high blood pressure. Palpitations are heart rate instead.

                    Also, yes coffee absolutely can raise your blood pressure! It happens to me, and I'm not even a big coffee drinker. Your 2 cups a day would be a lot for me. I also prefer the Starbucks type drinks to your classic Cup-a-Joe. In other words, drinks that are mostly milk or water with just a shot of espresso, which has less caffine than slow brewed coffees.
                    Even that much, though, I've found will raise my blood pressure into the pre-hypertension range. I gave up lattes for a few days and found my blood pressure back under 120/80.
                    I can't guarantee that everyone will have this result, but it could be the coffee.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cryptocode View Post
                      In the last week I've changed from real cream to coconut cream but I've only used it in coffee so far. Is reving up metabolism the same as reving up heart rate. Why don't I already know these things?
                      Heart rate and body temp are two indicators of metabolic rate. But it doesn't sound like you are downing huge amounts of C oil enough to make this much of a factor. What you described about being able to feel your heart beat is how I feel after a heavily coconutty day.

                      I agree with emmie about high BP not being something you would feel. It's something that sneaks up on you. It's good to monitor these things from time to time. Most home kit monitors measure both BP and pulse and are under $20.

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                      • #12
                        OK. Thanks very much to you both. I'll get and use a BP kit. That will also serve to make me feel better when it's not high.
                        "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by s-piper View Post
                          Usually there aren't many symptoms of high blood pressure. Palpitations are heart rate instead.

                          Also, yes coffee absolutely can raise your blood pressure! It happens to me, and I'm not even a big coffee drinker. Your 2 cups a day would be a lot for me. I also prefer the Starbucks type drinks to your classic Cup-a-Joe. In other words, drinks that are mostly milk or water with just a shot of espresso, which has less caffine than slow brewed coffees.
                          Even that much, though, I've found will raise my blood pressure into the pre-hypertension range. I gave up lattes for a few days and found my blood pressure back under 120/80.
                          I can't guarantee that everyone will have this result, but it could be the coffee.
                          Thanks s-piper, your words are pretty convincing. I'll try some days without and see if that helps any. That will be easy to do, with me it's mostly habit.
                          "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, that totally sounds like heart palpitations rather than high blood pressure to me.

                            "A palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that ranges from often unnoticed skipped beats or accelerated heartrate to very noticeable changes accompanied by dizziness or difficulty breathing. Heart palpitations can be symptoms of illnesses such as coronary heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

                            Palpitations may be brought on by overexertion, stress, anxiety, panic,[1] adrenaline, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs, disease (such as hyperthyroidism and pheochromocytoma) or as a symptom of panic disorder and many other factors. "
                            Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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                            5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                              Yeah, that totally sounds like heart palpitations rather than high blood pressure to me.

                              "A palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that ranges from often unnoticed skipped beats or accelerated heartrate to very noticeable changes accompanied by dizziness or difficulty breathing. Heart palpitations can be symptoms of illnesses such as coronary heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

                              Palpitations may be brought on by overexertion, stress, anxiety, panic,[1] adrenaline, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs, disease (such as hyperthyroidism and pheochromocytoma) or as a symptom of panic disorder and many other factors. "
                              Oh Good Lord, magicmerl, and I was feeling so much better about it. My 'palpitations' last for several hours sometimes.
                              "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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