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Old 06-19-2005, 03:54 AM   #4
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Re: Hod do I know if I have hig BP? And what do i do about it?

Some fire departments have a policy of taking people's BP for free when their men aren't out on a call. You might call your local fire department and see if that is the case in your area.

I don't know where you are located, but in the US there are many drugstores that have blood pressure machines where you can check your own pressure. Wal-Mart has them. If you use one at a store, sit quietly for a time before you take the pressure. If you have been walking around the store and take your pressure immediately, you'll get a much higher reading than your "resting" BP, which is the one used for comparison to tell whether or not your pressure is too high.

I, too, am suspicious that your symptoms are more likely to be sinus problems or something of that sort, rather than high blood pressure. Only a doctor can tell you for sure. However, when you are ill, your blood pressure can go up, so your reading now might be high either way.