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Old 08-09-2001, 12:55 PM   #1
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Low BP readings

I've been keeping track of my blood pressure and I have noticed that at least two of the readings I have got have been low. An example of one of the readings I have gotten is: 106/40 with a pulse rate of 58. Most of the other readings have been closer to the normal range. Should I be concerned with these low readings? Is it possible that the low readings are from not having the cuff on correctly? Is there a certain way for the cuff to be on with electronic monitors?

 
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Re: Low BP readings

I have also gotten some very low readings once in awhile, but as long as it isn't consistant wouldn't worry about it. Don't know what kind of monitor you have, but I have the Omron self inflateable and had it checked with 2 different drs. to be ok.

Make sure the tube is running down the middle of the inside of your arm and about 1/2 inch above your elbow. Sometimes if it is in the wrong place you will get a wacky reading, as my dr. tested it just to show me. Don't forget, your BP changes constantly but if it is within the normal range most of the time, I think you'll do just fine. Next visit to your dr. have him/her check it out to ease your own mind. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ

 
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Re: Low BP readings

Are you on a beta-blocker type drug for any reason? If so, this would be the reason for your low pulse reading.

Do you exercise a lot? If so, this is another reason.

However, by the way you stated your questions it appears it only happens once in awhile.

The important thing is how you feel. If you feel normal there is probably nothing to worry about. BP does change throughout the day depending on your activity. Higher BP usually occurs in the morning for most everyone.

If in doubt, check it out with a doctor.

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Re: Low BP readings

These low readings that I have gotten have only occurred a few times. Mostly, it is in the morning and afternoon when I get low readings.

Other times, my bp has been lower. I don't remember the exact numbers but I recall that systolic pressure was like 95.

 
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Re: Low BP readings

When you get these very low readings be sure and check BP again. Could just be a fluke of cuff not being in right place.

Checking 3 times and taking the average will tell what your BP really is. Wait 5 minutes between testing.

 
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