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Old 05-15-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Blood Pressure All Over the Place?

So I felt like my heart was beating very hard today .. and decided to stop by the pharmacy to check it on one of those in-store machines.. I checked it and it showed like 149/95.. I was a bit shocked by this since.. i'm 21 and, no where near overweight or anything.. I decided maybe it was just from stressing about my heart, perhaps it had made my BP rise a bit, and decided to walk around the store for a bit then take it again and see if it had dropped. The second reading was like 135 / 89, then I checked it immediately again right after, even lower at about 121 / 82.. I figured it was worth looking further into, so I went to wal-mart afterwards to try it on another machine. Again, first result was high. 145/92 or something.. waited a few minutes, tried again, it was lower, systolic in the 130's and diastolic down in the 80's. I even got one reading at wal-mart at like 118/79.. However my pulse through all of these was at least 90 - 110. :\ Idk if this was stress related or not. So what i'm wondering is, should I just disregard the first higher readings?.. Is it best to go with the lowest reading as my BP? Could the lower results have been inaccurate, and my BP is actually high?. I checked it several times in both places, and each time the result was .. 10 - 20 points different from the previous check, sometimes a bit higher, sometimes lower. Thanks

 
Old 05-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #2
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Re: Blood Pressure All Over the Place?

I don't think you have anything to worry about, if your heart rate was high then your anxiety was probably high and produced a higher reading. I was also thinking, I bet you just sat down and immediately took it right? It is recommended that you sit quietly for 15 mins before you take your bp. You are also supposed to be sitting with your feet flat on the floor and with your arm level with your heart. The fact that your bp went down after sitting for a while tells me that you took it the first time without resting first.

Try not to get in to the habit of checking your bp like this. I did the same thing and got so obsessive that it has been miserable. I was checking at several stores like you several times a day, several days a week for years. I have now worked it down to every three weeks but that is still too much because I don't even have hbp. My obsession started with a few high readings at the docs office and then at home too because I did not know how to check it and I was so anxious.

Unless your doctor says to check your bp, I would stay away from it.

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