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Old 07-11-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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Taking blood pressure test on those machines in the store.

I just measured my blood pressure at one of those machines they have in the pharmacies. I was very shocked. It gave me a reading of 141 over 110. I am a 25 year old male 5 foot 7 and 150lbs. I am certainly not overweight. I dont even consume 2400mg of sodium a day. Half of that if i am lucky. I am a vegetarian and i eat plenty of fruits, veggies and whole grains. There is no history of high blood pressure in my family. Are these machines accurate?

 
Old 07-11-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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No they are not. Avoid them like the plague.

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Old 07-11-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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Thanks. that takes some of the pressure off

 
Old 07-11-2007, 12:24 PM   #4
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I wouldn't rely on those BP machines either, but coincidently that is how I discovered my high BP. A nurse was taking BP's at the pharmacy and mine was high. I made an appointment at my doctor and it actually was high. After having it checked several times, I had to go on medication and have been on it every since. This was approximately 3 or so years ago.

 
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When both of my numbers were very high, I used one of those machines while waiting for my meds. Guess what, the machine said my b/p was 120/80??? You should get your b/p checked at your Dr's just to make sure. You can get it done for free at the ER (if they aren't real busy) or at a fire station. Fam

 
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I just measured my blood pressure at one of those machines they have in the pharmacies. I was very shocked. It gave me a reading of 141 over 110. I am a 25 year old male 5 foot 7 and 150lbs. I am certainly not overweight. I dont even consume 2400mg of sodium a day. Half of that if i am lucky. I am a vegetarian and i eat plenty of fruits, veggies and whole grains. There is no history of high blood pressure in my family. Are these machines accurate?

I made the mistake of using one of those machines and had high readings. I had already been diagnosed with hypertension and was on medication. I went to my doctor's office and I told the nurse and she said not to use them and they are not accurate. She checked my blood pressure and it was fine. I have a home monitor I use instead and I will never use any of those machines you see in the store. They probably don't even calibrate them...

 
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Thanks george. Thats reassuring. How much do those home machines cost?

 
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Re: Taking blood pressure test on those machines in the store.

I don't FIT in them...I'm 6'2" tall with an even longer torso so in order for me to get my forearm to lay flat on the platform, I must hunch over enough to make breathing difficult. I KNOW that in itself is terrible, but when added to the fact that I usually don't have a bare arm and the machine has the nasty habit of inflating in fits and starts the result will be a rotten, untrustworthy reading.

 
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I dropped by one of those machines that they had at Sam's Club and it said my bp was 153/103!
I know it's always been high but I didn't know it was that high! So I'm looking into a home monitoring one so I can keep track of this. It wouldn't hurt to have one around anyway.

 
Old 07-15-2007, 01:17 PM   #10
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No, you CAN NOT depend on those machines. Many of them are kept adjusted but you can never know. I've had wildly fluctuating results with them.
A good quality home machine - preferably with arm cuff - can be trusted. I think home readings are much more important than those in the doctor's office because of white coat syndrome.
Some well-known specialists are advocating home monitoring.

 
Old 07-15-2007, 03:19 PM   #11
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No, you CAN NOT depend on those machines. Many of them are kept adjusted but you can never know. I've had wildly fluctuating results with them.
A good quality home machine - preferably with arm cuff - can be trusted. I think home readings are much more important than those in the doctor's office because of white coat syndrome.
Some well-known specialists are advocating home monitoring.
My wife also took the test there and said it sounded about right from the last test she took.
Just curious,what's your meaning of 'white coat syndrome'? Is that something like them trying to scare us into getting more tests or something?

 
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