I've been on atenenol for awhile which hasn't helped by bp...Recently I bought a fairly cheap digital machine ($35)---and instead of the 155/90 I usually get at the docs office, my reading varied from as low as 97/58 (usually when I was about to go to sleep and my heart rate was low) to as high as 115/72 ....My heart rate was also down from the usual 85 at the docs office to 45-65 beats per minute...
I dunno if the machine was just really bad, or its just that my bp and stuff go up at the docs...Either way, I wanna get a more expensive machine which I can count on for accuracy....
It may not be your machine at all, as I get wacky readings at home also. I have an Omron self inflateable, cost about 70.00. I had it tested with 2 different drs. and they said it was fine. I am taking it in again this thursday for another test, as my readings have been all over the place again.
I'm on Altace, 5mgs. for 5 months now, and I can go days or even a couple of weeks with very low readings, and then all of a sudden I start getting higher ones for a few days for no reason, as I'm not upset or anything?
Good luck. JJ <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
I really don't know what type blood pressure machine is good. I bought a rather expensive one, but my doctor does not accept my readings at all. Like yours, mine were much lower at home. I told him that the higher readings in his office were because I was anxious about being in a doctor's office. Anyway, he will only take his own readings. Maybe he just wants another office call!
This weekend I was on my boat with friends. ONe is a nurse and she offered to conduct blood pressure measurements. I was surprised to find my reading high and I really believe my reading might have been high because of physical activity.
Enough said! Worried, I did a little research last night and ordered an Omron HEM-609. My reason for this machine ($85 with free shipping) was I wanted something with a calibration approved by the FDA. To my knowledge, its just the two largest manufacturers as I understand it that currently comply with the FDA's requirements. They are Omron and A&D.
Just because others are not yet accepted does not mean they are inferior. It only means they are not qualified to the FDA's standards.
Might want to visit <A HREF="http://www.med.umich.edu/intmed/hypertension/homebp.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.med.umich.edu/intmed/hypertension/homebp.htm</A> for more information
My machine finally arrived!!! It was on backorder but because I received a $15 discount on my first order, I waited. I am very impressed with it but I might have been impressed with anything that worked.
Now for the surprise! I truly thought that I ordered the HEM-609, a device that fits on the wrist. But I must have errored because I checked the purchase order and found that I ordered the HEM-739AC. Price is/was the same. I am very pleased with its operation so far.
To your health---
Foggy<p>[This message has been edited by foggy (edited 08-03-2001).]
I think you will like this one better, as I have heard the wrist ones are not as accurate. I have the Omron HEM-712C and so far it has checked out fine with 3 drs. I also ordered the adapter, as there for awhile I had to check it so often when my BP was so wacky, the batteries were forever being replaced. Good luck with it, and I'm sure if you take it to your dr. it will measure out pretty accurate. Just make sure the tube thing is down the middle of the inside of your arm, and about a half inch above your elbow as if it is off to the side the readings are a little different. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ
The machine came with bateries AND an AC adaptor. I am impressed with their technology. Hey, also agree with your assessment on the wrist model. I am very pleased with the product I received.. so far my pressure looks OK at about 118/70. In fact, I feel great now with my TC under control. To your health---
Oh great. When I got mine they didn't have any adaptors in stock so I had to send away for it. Oh well, no big deal as I got it pretty cheap on sale anyway! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> My dr. submitted a prescribtion for it to my insurance so I got 80% of my money back. I was not aware you could do that. She said she felt as if I needed it as my BP was just in the first stages of getting under control and needed to be monitored, so as long as SHE felt I needed it, the insurance paid.
Your BP sounds fine, are you on any meds.? I have been on the Altace 5 mgs. for about 8 months. It took about 3 months for it to actually get stable, but most of the time it runs now about 107-122/69-80, so as long as it is in that range I won't complain. Have a great day and great health!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ
JJ-- no meds! But as I explained earlier, my reasons for purchasing the machine was a very high recent reading. I intend to start taking readings frequently until I see a pattern. I believe that any abnormality just might be the result of coffee in the mornings.
Some other factors just might be helping me. I try to keep in goo health, 5'9" @ 160#, don't smoke, don't drink, never eat red meats (hey---hey---, I am not preaching on this controversial subject), do not add salt to foods and try to do things in moderation. Some times this so called good life can get verrrry boring.
I like your idea about getting a prescription but now that I already have the thing, my purchase receipt would predate any prescription--- darn it! Oh well, all in the price for good health. To your health---
Your doing the right thing by monitoring it. My dr. is going to see what happens at the next visit, as she is confused as to why mine shot up so fast after being on statins. It was always very normal, even very low at times. She is having doubts if I really have high BP or was it a result of the statins? We will see in good time.
Like you, I don't use salt, can't stand it, haven't bought a box in almost a year, as we never use it. Only time I get salt is if it is in any foods I eat. I do smoke, bad JJ, but don't drink and am only overweight by about 7 lbs. Hopefully the gym thing will take care of that. As far as my diet, I still eat the same, most everything but in moderation.
BTW..I bought the machine 3 weeks before going to the dr. but she put on the prescription to the insurance that SHE wanted me to buy it, so all I had to do was produce the sales slip. I had thrown it away, so I just went down and had them write a note saying indeed I did purchase it and on what date and check # so give it a whirl! Ya never know unless ya try. I was shocked she even brought it up, as we just bought it and thought nothing about submitting it to the insurance. Good luck and I hope those numbers stay down! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ
Seems that one MUST do everything just right with the auto-inflate versions. For instance:
1. Right size of cuff for your arm--obese need a larger cuff (arm over 17 inches) Bladder needs to be at least 80% of total arm measurement
2. Remain TOTALLY still--any movement at all can mess up the inflate and give bogus readings
3. Do not take BP after having any caffeine, smokes, excerise, vigorous activity etc.--wait at least 30 minutes
4. Make sure the cuff is lined up over the inside of the arm properly and one inch from bend of elbow (see your directions)
5. If you are in a lot of pain--forget accurate measurements--pain raises the BP
6. Take it at the same time every day you take your blood pressure
7. Make sure your arm is resting on a table or such at heart level--hanging it down like at the doctor's office on their "bench/tables" is wrong
Everytime I go to the ER they use an auto-inflate and ALWAYS end up having to use a regular type. The auto-inflate shows me about 100 point HIGH--I kid you not. I always tell them that they won't get any good readings, but they do it anyway.
Hope this helps.
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Sounds like you are not in favor of this type at all huh? So far I have had it checked out by hubby's cardiologist, two of my drs. and it seems pretty on target. Yes, you do have to follow the instructions, but I have taken it shortly after a cigg., yes I smoke, and it still seems to give accurate readings. I guess everyone is different, but I know several folks that have it and it seems to work. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ