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Old 04-12-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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I often find the people who take my BP wrong. If I go to a minute clinic they are wrong, sometimes they even can't "find" it. I have a nurse at work and this nurse is a real nurse and he can't take my BP worth a darn. According to him I am ALL over the place. One time 150//90 one time 110/60. I have stopped going to him because he is so useless.

But typically my doctors office is ok -- usually consistent.

So the last 4 times I went to the doctor my BP came back high with a consistent creep up. I became a little concerned and when today's reading back high... 129/83 (I am normally 110/70) for the 4th time over a year... I mentioned it to my doctor. Tests show that I am heading into menopause so... that is when BP can start creeping up.

So my doctor takes the BP. 106/72. She took it a second time and it was 110/70. I trust my doctor so I am happy with that. She suggested that maybe I had just come up the stairs when I had it done the first time but.. no, EVERY time I have my BP done I have just come up the stairs and it had been a lot lower.

I just think that various providers don't know how to take it. How can I monitor it if I can't get an accurate read?

Frustrated.

 
Old 04-12-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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Your blood pressure changes all the time. If you are very concerned pick up a home BP monitor and you can do it yourself. I do.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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Your blood pressure changes all the time. If you are very concerned pick up a home BP monitor and you can do it yourself. I do.
Those are notoriously inaccurate.

If my BP changes all the time why has it remained pretty stable at every doctors appointment for the last 5 years until recently and now, my BP when checked by the doctor matches that? Leads to the idea that the people taking it most recently don't know what they are doing.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 09:34 AM
 
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Those are notoriously inaccurate.

If my BP changes all the time why has it remained pretty stable at every doctors appointment for the last 5 years until recently and now, my BP when checked by the doctor matches that? Leads to the idea that the people taking it most recently don't know what they are doing.

Because as we get older things like blood pressure change?

My cuff shows essentially the same readings as the docs (and I go 8 times a year), it doesn't have to MATCH it needs to show an "average" for lack of a better term. Like I said, BP varies through out the day.

Mine had always been fine, and then inched up, and then took a huge leap up..... it is what it is.

Minor variations can be affected by diet, weight gain, a salty meal, stress.... any number of factors at a given reading.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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Your attitude causes blood pressure changes immediately. Taking a blood pressure count is a no brainer. Digital BP monitors are accurate.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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Your attitude causes blood pressure changes immediately. Taking a blood pressure count is a no brainer. Digital BP monitors are accurate.
No it doesn't- your mind can't control your BP.

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Minor variations can be affected by diet, weight gain, a salty meal, stress.... any number of factors at a given reading.
As I mentioned... it isn't a minor variation. Today I had ONE reading with one person, and 10 minutes later, an accurate reading over 30 points different. This leads to the conclusion that it was an inaccurate reading cause by human error. Which seems to be happening all the time lately.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 10:04 AM
 
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No it doesn't- your mind can't control your BP.



As I mentioned... it isn't a minor variation. Today I had ONE reading with one person, and 10 minutes later, an accurate reading over 30 points different. This leads to the conclusion that it was an inaccurate reading cause by human error. Which seems to be happening all the time lately.
Maybe you were anxious with the first or second BP. It does not take much to get our hearts to beat faster.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 10:07 AM
 
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No it doesn't- your mind can't control your BP.

Anxiety and stress CAN raise your BP.
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:07 AM
 
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Maybe you were anxious with the first or second BP. It does not take much to get our hearts to beat faster.
Heart (pulse) rate is not the same as blood pressure.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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Anxiety and stress CAN raise your BP.
Nope. That is just something doctors say when you have a high reading and they don't want to worry you. My mom always said it was stress and being nervous... a doctor told me it wasn't true and it has been scientifically debunked. IF we could do that people could control lowering it at a doctor's visit which never happens.

Heart rate is low.. and was with both the doctor and the nurse. 60. The doctor was just making excuses for the bad reading.
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