SPIRIT, it sounds like you're getting a real workup. I'm hoping that you get a good diagnosis (meaning whatever it is is found and you get the proper treatment). Hopefully, a heart cath won't be needed. I've had one, and hope to never have one again. Not that the procedure was that bad, but I just found it scary (although the surgeon didn't find any blockages, which was a good thing).
VJH-W65, I don't want to get too personal, but would you be putting the BP cuff on the arm with no hand? When I take my BP, I find that I use my right hand to put the cuff on my left arm and also operate the machine's buttons with my right hand. My left arm just totally stays still at my side--I don't use that hand at all. I did a little googling, and all home-type monitors seemed to be either wrist models (which I don't think are very reliable) or the ones with the wrap-around cuff for your upper arm. The best would be one that was held tightly to something somehow and you just put your arm into it, but I think those types are only found in places like drugstores and Wal-Mart.
Edited to add: I just did a little more checking. You can take your BP in your leg. Just get a cuff big enough to fit around your thigh. You should do some internet searching for details (since I think your readings will be higher than an arm reading, so you would have to adjust your numbers). Apparently, this is recommended for people who have certain types of surgeries, such as women who have had double mastectomies, since you aren't supposed to take BP in arms after that type of surgery.
Edited by: IMAREADER at: 8/5/2012 (14:27)
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