Checking Blood Pressure
- 11-25-2007, 07:09 PM
- 11-25-2007, 07:21 PM
It is usually a good practice to take two or three readings a couple minutes apart and average them.
It is also advised to be resting for several to many minutes before taking your reading. The value could easily drop after a more rested testing.
11-25-2007, 07:31 PM
Thanks for the response,
So check a few times after resting (3-5 minutes sound okay? and maybe a minute or so between readings) and then take an avereage of the readings.
11-25-2007, 07:36 PM
11-29-2007, 07:08 PM
My BP tends to run a little high,but at the doctor's office it's always higher when they first check it.
At my last visit, my Doc caught me off guard by strapping on the arm baloon when I was ready to leave, and it was down
to a range he could live with.Just make sure you check it at various times, there's going to be a range within a certain degree.
Hope this helps.
11-29-2007, 07:47 PM
11-29-2007, 08:59 PM
11-29-2007, 09:09 PM
12-01-2007, 12:33 AM
One thing I have learned as an RN is that a normal BP cuff on a person with bigger arms or just someone obese is that the BP reading is higher if you use a normal cuff.
Moral is, that if your arms are bigger than 15-16 inches you need a larger BP cuff for your reading to be accurate. A small cuff on someone with bigger arms will read a FALSE high reading. So, if your guns are big and they say you have hypertension ask "Did you use a larger cuff or the small one!"
Hope I didn't hurt any BP med sales!:
12-01-2007, 01:08 PM
I don't think your hurting med sales at all! Sheesh with the new systolic/diastolic standards it seems most people became at least pre-hypertensive overnight!
12-03-2007, 02:32 PM
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