what would cause my blood pressure to go from110/60 to 179/79? it scars me I can feel my heart pounding in my ears
That is definitely quite hypertensive but you have provided no background information like medications you take and existing illnesses. There is presumably a reason why you monitor your blood pressure so if you could share it with us we could provide some basic information.
As it stands you will have to see your doctor as there really is a multitude of conditions that can cause hypertension and us guessing won't be at all helpful. Hypertension should be taken very seriously due to the risks of stroke and TIA's (transient ischemic events). You will have to think back to when you noticed the side effects of hypertension and see if it relates to a recent change in medication, circumstances; anything. You are going to have to see the doctor anyway so why not just make it sooner.
(I actually keep a diary that gets updated 4 times a day so when I'm asked a question I can look back in the diary and say "This happened on this date e.g. change in medication, suppliments and diet and stopped on this date... two days later hospital admission more notes etc". The GP, Endocrinologist and Anesthetist love it ("Someone who is actually prepared... ) because I can tell them almost exactly when they ask a question).
I agree, we need more info. Generally when it goes up its because of age, heredity, weight, stress level, salt intake, or some medication you're taking. Also do not worry if it was just one bp. If you get a high reading several days in a row, then its time to worry. Particularly if you're using an automatic cuff.
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