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Old 08-23-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 320
Re: Just Looking For Reassurance

I had a similar experience except I take Diovan for my blood pressure. I was at the Mall a few weeks ago and there were people there from some drug company and they were taking people's blood pressure. They approached me to take mine and I told them it was going to be high because I had been walking around. I sat for maybe one minute to fill out a small form and then they checked it. 175/79. I asked the guy how accurate his machine was and he said it was accurate and that EMT'S were now using the type of machine he was using. He checked my right arm and it was 143/80. I walked away thinking what is wrong with me. I had been checking it at home and I had average readings of 115/75 most of the time. I called my doctor and I went their for a bp check. The nurse checked it and it was 132/78. When she checked it I was upset so she left me alone for 5 minutes and came back and checked it again and this time is was 120/74. She asked me how often I checked it home and I said twice every night around 7 and 8 pm. She was laughing and said I was making myself obsessed about it and not to take it all or check it once a month or so. She said it was fine. So I know I have the WHITE COAT myself. I get better readings when I take it myself rather than having some stranger check it. I also recently saw my doctor and he checked it and it was 118/78.