Check That BP!

It is the weekend and I will attempt to be FYI today.

Us old farts have to keep a close eye on our BP (Blood Pressure) and most of us have a monitor at home so that we can make regular observations….and I would like to say here that ***I am NOT a medical person and that the information I give you should be checked with your medical professional.***

There are some things we must do when checking the BP or we will get a wrong reading (that could lead to minor panic)…..

Having a full bladder – This can add 10-15 points to your reading. You should always empty your bladder before measuring blood pressure.

Slouching, unsupported back/feet – Poor support when sitting can increase your reading by 6-10points. Make sure you’re in a chair with your back supported and feet flat on the floor or a footstool.

Unsupported arm – If your arm is hanging by your side or you have to hold it up during a reading, you may see numbers up to 10 points higher than they should be.

You should position your arm on a chair or counter so that the measurement cuff is level with your heart.

Sitting with crossed legs – While polite, it could increase a blood pressure reading 2-8 points. It’s best to uncross your legs as well as ensure your feet are supported.

Talking – Answering questions, talking on the phone, etc. can add 10 points. Stay still and silent to ensure an accurate measurement.

Normal blood pressure is typically less than 120 for systolic (the number when your heart is contracting) and less than 80 for diastolic (when your heart is relaxed).

I hope this will be helpful….

My day is going to be iffy…..rain predicted and much cooler temps….so my snacks and wine will be had indoors….MoMo has decided that bed is the best place to be since she has taken a liking to my favorite blanket…..and I let her have it…..she plays me badly…tee hee

Have a good day my friends…..chuq

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3 thoughts on “Check That BP!

  1. I spent so much of my life taking the blood pressure of other people, I don’t want to be bothered with my own. My doctor tells me it is “A little high”, but thankfully not enough to need medication. It’s worth remembering that it can change very quickly too. When I was an EMT, we routinely took 3 separate blood pressures on each patient. Before, during, and after transportation to hospital. The readings could vary significantly, in less than 30 minutes.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. That is what I hope to get thru to my readers……a lot of things can make the pressure “a little high”….gotta keep us old farts going…LOL chuq

  2. I find that grocery shopping can make mine go up. But if I sit quietly for a few minutes it quickly goes down. Checked at those places in the grocery store placed by the pharmary.

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