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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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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. :thumbup:
 

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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.
I`m now looking at all natural vitamins.
 

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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. :thumbsup:
 

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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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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.
Yes, you should always talk to your pharmacist about your medicine. They more more about it then the doctors. Doctors know how to give a drug to fix the problem, sometimes they don't pay attention to what else you are taking. Pharmacist most times will take a few minutes to go over all your meds and side effects of each and combined

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Looking at your readings. Worrying about it is the problem. Exercise dailey like walking and eat the right foods. Just going to the doctor will raise that blood pressure. I have that problem it's called, white coat syndrome.
 
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