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Old 01-11-2005, 06:04 PM   #1
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Question about taking blood pressure with manual machines

When I take my blood pressure with a manual (nonmercury) walgreens machine for home use, I have trouble detecting the systolic number. My heart rate is usually pretty low, so I have to deflate really slowly. When I measure with my right arm, I start hearing some beats around 150 but then they disseappear (even when I don't deflate). The beats resume softly at about 130 and increase in loudness until about 80 something. (On my left arm, I just start hearing beats about 130). On my right arm, is my systolic 130 or 150?

Thanks for any response.

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