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You were feeling just fine, not even thinking when the dentist offered to check your blood pressure, obviously not the cause of your visit. Imagine everyone's surprise when the number came out definitely high: 160/100. Not just a little high, but getting into the range of dangerously high. “Oh, wait your cuff must be off. My blood pressure is never that high!”
You check your blood pressure (BP) again with your own cuff, at your doctor's, at the local pharmacy: incredible, it keeps reading high: 150-160/85-105.
“But I can't have high blood pressure; I feel fine!”
The story in the middle may vary, but the last sentence written above is almost always true: blood pressure creeps up without giving the least signal that something is off.