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Old 05-17-2019, 08:44 AM   #1
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Doc diagnosed that I had moderately elevated blood pressure about 3 years ago. (he's the only one that thinks I have elevated pressure, always fine when nurse checks it) Medicine was prescribed, had problems with first, then changed meds to some that didn't cause the bad side effects. (dry cough).


I bought a modestly priced pressure checker, have noticed varied results when I was taking my meds, or not taking them. Didn't seem to be any reason for the variation.

This morning, I played around with the machine, moving the cuff around a few degrees on my arm. Results; 131/79, 146/75, 130/75, and 128/72 (okay range). These were taken within a couple of minutes.
Time for a new machine, or is this a normal problem?
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I'm no medical expert by any means, but my wife was having BP issues a while back and she had a cuff from Walgreen's. She was told by a nurse to wait a few minutes between each test because repeatedly checking the BP would cause weird readings.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:03 AM   #3
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You could check it 100 times in a row and each one would be different by a few points.

Check it once a day in the morning when you wake up, if your supposed to be monitoring it. Really you only need to check it a couple times a week.

DO NOT USE A WRIST CUFF, even if it's brand new and cost 100$ throw it away LOL. Also, if your using an older machine, they need to be re-calibrated ever so often.

But your BP looks good there, I wouldn't fuss about that. Plus you stated that you moved the cuff around a few degrees, that will give you different results too.
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Same here. Took a few changes of medicine to get one that didn't screw something else up. I bought a bp machine from my drug store, and the pharmacist told me the pressure will change every time I take it. I figure bp is like the stock market..., don't get too concerned about it on a daily basis. Download a phone app called Smart BP and enter your results. Over a few weeks, you'll have a good record of your average bp.



Your bp doesn't look so bad, and I've been told that a wide range between the top and bottom numbers is good, and yours is.


Off topic, I think everybody should have a local pharmacist they can get to know that will take the time to explain the meds, the possible side effects, and what to expect from the treatment. I get more good information from mine than the doctor most times.
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Difference between the nurse saying it`s ok and the doc telling you you need to be on meds is - doc gets kickbacks from the meds he prescribes.
Just went thru a heart monitor and check up. All looked good but doc still told me I need to be on drugs. WHY? I now know the answer.
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Doc diagnosed that I had moderately elevated blood pressure about 3 years ago. (he's the only one that thinks I have elevated pressure, always fine when nurse checks it) Medicine was prescribed, had problems with first, then changed meds to some that didn't cause the bad side effects. (dry cough).


I bought a modestly priced pressure checker, have noticed varied results when I was taking my meds, or not taking them. Didn't seem to be any reason for the variation.

This morning, I played around with the machine, moving the cuff around a few degrees on my arm. Results; 131/79, 146/75, 130/75, and 128/72 (okay range). These were taken within a couple of minutes.
Time for a new machine, or is this a normal problem?
That's pretty normal. You need to be careful about moving, don't cross your legs, and ideal is to have the bloodpressure cuff at heart level.
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Difference between the nurse saying it`s ok and the doc telling you you need to be on meds is - doc gets kickbacks from the meds he prescribes.
Just went thru a heart monitor and check up. All looked good but doc still told me I need to be on drugs. WHY? I now know the answer.
I`m now looking at all natural vitamins.
The doc does not get a kickback on most of the common bp meds. Publix sells me my bp medicine for almost nothing. It's cheaper when I don't use insurance for it.
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Doc might not get kickback, but they want you to come back every 90 days to keep check on your health. ($$$ per visit) Needless to say, I've since changed Doc's. He re-upped my prescription for 1 year, said come back only if I need him. I like my new Doc.
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Blood pressure is never the exact same all the time. I don't have a blood pressure problem but my wife has non-systematic afib or atrial fibrillation and we purchased a blood pressure machine that seems to work quite well - at least it's close to what our readings are at the Dr's office. It's an Omron 5-series and simple to operate. I can take my blood pressure a number of times per day and it's hardly ever the exact same.
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Also FYI if you check it in the morning wait say a couple of hours after your last cup of coffee. Coffee will elevate your BP like meds.
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