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I am now 26 years old, normal weight, normal diet, and I remember on several occasions when I was a kid, getting my BP checked. Here were the results...

13 Years old : Gym teacher took our BP. Mine was 160/80 using an Automatic BP monitor.

15 Years old : Signed up at a gym. BP test showed 180/80.

17 Years old : Signed up at another gym. BP was at 149/90.


3 weeks ago : Went to the ER for constant lightheadedness I have been having which started after I did some cardiovascular exercise. Thought I was having congestive heart failure or something. BP was 189/110. Took an EKG, it was normal. Told me it was anxiety and sent me home.

In the meantime, I bought an automatic BP monitor. Results were very inconsistent. Normal shallow breathing made the diastolic pressure 105-110. Hyperventilating purposely made my diastolic pressure 85-90. What's up with that?????

2 weeks ago : Returned the BP monitor and went to clinic to get my BP finally checked out and treated. Using the stethoscope method, it was 160/90. Doc said it was anxiety. Gave me some clonazepam (Klonopin) and told me to come back in a week.

1 week ago : Went to my follow up appointment. BP was 155/85 using stethoscope method. He tried again 3 seconds later. Systolic jumped to 180. Doc told me to see a psychologist for my anxiety. He also sent me to get blood tests. No results yet.

2 days ago : Went back to the ER for my lightheadedness because I can't take it much longer. Took my BP using a machine. BP was at 170/105 with a pulse of 90. Took it again while getting an EKG. Was at 180/110 with a pulse of 130. Gave me an Ativan and told me to come back in 1/2 hour. BP was even higher. 189/112 with a pulse of 135! Emergency blood tests showed nothing abnormal. Doc told me it was anxiety and sent me on my way.

What ticks me off is that the docs keep telling me "high BP problems are a long term thing, so don't worry about it". But I keep telling them that I've been having these very high readings since I was a little boy, but they seem not to care.

Now, I keep telling myself that the automatic BP monitors that they have at the hospital should yield better results than the cheap BP monitor I bought at Wal-Mart, no? They should be able to handle irregular heartbeats, etc, right? But they keep giving me very high diastolic pressures! Why don't these machines work on me???

I convinced myself that the stethescope method is the most reliable method. So if the doc has been doing it properly, then my BP of 155/85 must really anxiety. But then again, what if the doc doesn't know how to properly take BP? He seemed to deflate the cuff extremely fast. He had my BP in less than 5 seconds.

By the way, I have a very irregular heartbeat. My heartrate changes dramatically with each breath (high vagal tone, I believe you call it). I know this affects the store bought machines incredibly. They're good at getting the systolic pressure, but the diastolic pressure is all over the place.

So, I just want to know...

- Is there anybody else for which automatic BP machines give WAY different results than the stethoscope method? (+/- 30 mm HG)

- And does anybody know why these machines don't work for me? Do my veins vibrate too much? (since these machines work by calculating vibration)

- Who do I trust, the machines at the ER, or the doc at the clinic?

- Should I buy myself a mercury column sphymomanometer and do it myself?

My BP has been on the back of my mind for much too long. I've been having these results for half my life (or longer). I don't want to die prematurely. What's wrong with me? Who do I trust? Is it really anxiety? When I'm at home watching TV, my heart rate is at around 60 BPM, sometimes in the lower 50's. This also freaks me out because I don't ever recall my heart beating this slowly. Anyhow, I can't imagine my BP being high with this pulse rate.

Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you so much.