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What Is Blood Pressure?
Find Your Numbers & Learn How to Improve Them
8/21/2014 9:28:37 AM
i was on blood pressure meds for 37 years ,everytime went to drs it was over the top very high my dr did a 24 hour blood pressure test after i complained of dizzyness and feeling like i was going to pass out i have low blood pressure yes white coat now on no bp medicine
My MIL was told by her cardiologist to wait 3 hrs after taking her B/P meds then sit and rest 15 min before taking her blood pressure. Even at the Dr office they take it then they would take it again later in the visit after she sat for a while.
2/20/2014 10:50:24 AM
Every time I go to the doctor's office, my BP is high. So I bought a BP monitor for home, and it's normal to low. I brought my monitor into the doctor's office to see if it was accurate, and the readings were quite close. So, both my doctor & I know that I have "White Coat Syndrome" where the BP is higher in the doctor's office.
Thank you for this article and chart. I was diagnosed with HBP and an abdominal aortic aneurysm in Sept 2012. I have a digital BP monitor since then that I use daily. I am now on meds and my BP is usually under 120/75, unless I am having a stressful day when it gets up to the 130's systolic.
Very interesting, I knew one fig. was blood in and the other blood out but this makes it clearer, also clearly as I have just been diagnosed w slight high blood pressure, it probably won't take much to bring it down. I hope. I have tablets but intend them to be a short term fix.
I really appreciated the chart at the end. I'm almost never right at 120/80, and I have a hard time remembering how far off is considered normal or a little high, or serious trouble. I would really like to see the ability to add goal ranges in our graph charts the way we do for calories and vitamins.
I'd also like there to be something for those of us with Hypotension (low blood pressure) to hold on to. People always focus on Hypertension (probably because it's more common) but you CAN die if your blood pressure falls too low. So here is the catch-22, to lose weight you need to exercise more (because there's only so many calories you can cut before it's considered starvation) but more exercise means lower blood pressure and that can kill you if like me a "normal reading" is 90/60... my health care professional's advice? "You're not that fat (at 1.57m and 88kg!) and all your readings are within the normal range so just accept yourself." Well, you just gotta love Africa.
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