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By May 2, 2010 - 6:53pm
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Recently I had a pulmonary embolism. I am now on coumadin to thin my blood. Since I have gotten on blood thinner my blood pressure has become more consistent. It was going from 90/50 to 180/90. Now it is staying around 134/85. I am happy about this. But I would like to know what could be the reason for this. The Drs have found a little wrong with my heart but they are not too concerned.

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Here's a link to a very good EmpowHer article on pulmonary embolisms:


As far as your inconstent blood pressure readings, it's first important to know that a lot of things affect a blood pressure reading. The amount of caffeine you've recently ingested, or your stress level, or pain you may be feeling, whether you smoke, all these and more can affect that reading. But I am assuming that these are all readings that were done consistently?

There is some evidence that extremely variable blood pressure could indicate a higher risk of stroke (which I imagine concerns you since you recently had the embolism). Here's an article that discusses this:


And another:


You might print one of these out and ask your doctor about them the next time you go in. In the meantime, I'm glad your blood pressure seems to have stabilized. Do you have other medical conditions (diabetes, obesity, etc) that are being treated or monitored at the same time?

May 3, 2010 - 11:09am
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