I have had HBP off and on most of my adult life. I am now 51. For the last 6 months my BP monitor here at home shows about 150/106, somewhere in that range. That is up from the 140/95 which I was running. I went to the doctor and the nurse there measures me at 130/85, or there abouts almost all of the time. I mention how my machine is higher. The doc asks me to bring in the machine. It is measuring me about 150/106. He says that the cuff is too small for me, as I am 6' and about 255lbs. So I go and order a large cuff from the manufacturer and I still get the same high reading. So I use the cuff on a neighors machine and get the same high reading. I don't know what to do at this point. Is the nurse not reading my pressure right? Should I be on meds? HELP! Gary
You don't say what sort of monitor you have -is it a reliable type?
I would have thought that if the cuff wasn't fitting properly, it simply wouldn't take a reading.
Do you measure your BP at different times of the day? Are there any lifestyle changes you can make? Your BP is obviously borderline - maybe losing a bit of weight, getting fit again, cutting out caffeine or salt may be enough in themselves.
You are probably right. I have gained about 25 lbs. over the last 6 months. That probably has something to do with the increase in pressure. My monitor is a popular brand OMRON. I should take your advise about the exercise and salt. thanks.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gary-from-South-Florida:
<B>I have gained about 25 lbs. over the last 6 months. That probably has something to do with the increase in pressure.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Probably so. Why the rapid weight gain? Fixing that (the excess weight) will probably take care of your high blood pressure.