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Are Drug Store Blood Pressure Machines Accurate
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?
Generally are...: Arm cuffs are more accurate measures of BP than wristor finger cffs. Omron is a quality manufacturer (there are others). If in doubt about accuracy, bring the monitor to your doc, so it can be checked at the time. ...Read more
BP monitor: Yes they are accurate when used as directed and not abused eg dropped etc ...Read more
Upper arm cuff: Its a great idea to monitor blood pressure at home. The american heart association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper-arm) monitor. Wrist and finger monitors are not recommended because they yield less reliable readings. This website has a list of machines that have been tested and validated:. ...Read more
Would you say it is reliable to measure the blood pressure using one of these machines at a supermarket?
Are supermarket blood pressure machines reliable? Are the blood pressure machines in supermarkets generally reliable?
So my blood pressure the past 2 days was either 143/84 or 144/83 (tested on numerous machines). Today it was normal, so what is my actual bp?
Normal: All your blood pessure readings have been normal. Just remember, BP readings are not exact constant numbers and vary slightly, as in your case, throughout the day depending on activity, rest and food intake etc. No need to be obsessive. For normal people, checking bP once every 1-2 wks is sufficient. Feel better! ...Read more
Blood pressure on machines at cvs, walgreens and wal mart, tue 139/104, started co q10 100mg 3xday. Wed 142/96, thu 139/99, fri 140/99?
I recently used a blood pressure machine at a local store. It stated I have stage 2 hyper tension. Girlfriend told me machines aren't accurate.?
Not accurate/see MD: Your girlfriend is correct- machines like that are not always accurate and it is possible your blood pressure is normal. However, it is also possible that your pressure is high, so please have it checked by a doctor or nurse. Some clinics will check your BP for free. Blood pressure can be quite variable- if you take it 5 times you may get 5 different values, so have it checked on a few occasions. ...Read more
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