why is my first blood pressure reading always high
Im suspecting the same but have been ordered by the doctor to take it three times a week and give them the results. We insisted that I be taken off a higher med because of tiredness and irritability and not feeling well and slow heart rate. My wife was in the doctors office with me when they took my bp and pronounced I had high blood pressure. She said one thing they didn't give me time to relax, marched me right in and half standing took it,another thing took me two hours in the waiting room and another things while she was taking it she was telling me I had high blood pressure.
My question more or less and I hate. I mean I hate taking it,is that if you have to take it. then you should always take average of three one every two minutes or so and then average them. I was curious that if you just sat down and immediately took it, would it be higher just from the shear act of you walking there and sitting down, but the next readings get lower and lower. does this sound about right?
There are a few simple steps that you can follow to be sure that you get an accurate reading of your blood pressure.
Before you take your blood pressure reading 1. Many things can make your blood pressure rise for a short time. Make sure you do not need to use the toilet, and that you have not just eaten a big meal.
Do not measure your blood pressure within 30 minutes of drinking caffeine or smoking. 2. Wear loose-fitting clothes like a short sleeved t-shirt so that you can push your sleeve up comfortably. 3. Always use the same arm for blood pressure readings, as each arm will give you a slightly different reading. If possible, use the arm that your doctor or nurse uses when measuring your blood pressure. 4.
Before you take your readings, rest for five minutes. You should be sitting down in a quiet place, preferably at a desk or table, with your arm resting on a firm surface and your feet flat on the floor. 5. Make sure your arm is supported and that the cuff around your arm is at the same level as your heart. You may need to support your arm with a cushion to be sure it is at the correct height. Your arm should be relaxed, not tensed.
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