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8/5/12 8:48 P

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Sounds like a plan. Glad I could help. After I read about taking the BP in the leg, I remembered that my mom had to have her BP taken in the same arm all the time (I can't remember which) because she had had a mastectomy on the other side. I think they had to draw blood on that side too, but I don't remember for sure.

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8/5/12 7:36 P

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yes a leg cuff, I could do that
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8/5/12 7:35 P

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my left arm is only attached by skin,
bones crushed and circulation is poor.
bp there could really do damage that can not be fixed.
My bp is 166 /36 which seems to be too low

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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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8/5/12 10:35 A

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Yes, The human body is a marvelous thing,
when it works like it was designed to work.
A great internist is hard to find.
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8/4/12 4:27 P

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Not likely. It maybe be causing hypoglycemia that can make you pass out.

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8/4/12 3:48 P

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YIKES,
So could that be causing the HBP?
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8/3/12 3:48 P

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Had a CT Scan today for a cyst on my pancreas

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7/27/12 5:55 P

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I have an appointment. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, PAD, atherosclerosis, and a leaky tricusip last year but moved. I also am a phen fen survivor so need to be followed anyway. I feel very run down with periods of breathlessness and angina/indigestion? We shall see what happens next. I hope that it's not a heart cath as they are expensive.

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7/27/12 10:35 A

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I have been looking for a way to take my own BP.
I only have one hand every thing i have looked at is impossible with only one hand
i have a wrist and an arm cuff I can work neither by myself,
my DH gets so mad if i ask him to help me so that option is closed.
Getting anyone to stop by often is unlikely .
Suggestions please?

Edited by: VJH-W65 at: 7/27/2012 (10:35)
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7/26/12 5:25 A

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7/22/12 3:19 A

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Thank you everyone for your acknowledgement, it means so much to me. I need all of the support I can get, since I am in this alone.

Sincerely,
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7/21/12 4:58 P

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Don't know the med or the diagnosis but I am so happy for you and your good health news emoticon emoticon

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Do not know that med but you are in my prayers emoticon emoticon

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I was just diagnosed with PAD along with the hypertension and have started on a new medication (Triamterene HCTZ). I had tried a couple of other medications for the high blood pressure but they just didn't help, so my new Dr. checked me for PAD and found that I do have it. Now in just 4 days of taking the new med my blood pressure has been running around 127/79 which for me is fantastic. It appears that he may be onto something and I may be on the road to better health once again. My heart has been enlarged and I have been so rundown, but noone was able to pinpoint the problem, so I am very optimistic for the first time that this may be the answer. Does anyone know any helpful tips about PAD or my new med?

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