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Are drug store blood pressure machines accurate?

Are drug store blood pressure machines accurate?

Most of the time: Most of the larger more permanent blood pressure machine in supermarkets and drugstores are usually decently accurate. Of course, nothing beats a good old stethescope and cuff. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

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


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Would a high heart rate cause false reading on an electronic blood pressure machine?

Would a high heart rate cause false reading on an electronic blood pressure machine?

Heart rate: High heart rate is unlikely to cause a false high reading but might cause a lower reading because of small stroke volume with tachycardia. Chronic blood pressure evaluation should be done with resting heart rate and equilibrium status. ...Read more

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My monitor shows high blood pressure and high pulse rate?

My monitor shows high blood pressure and high pulse rate?

Follow up: If blood pressure is high, you probably need to be seen to see if there is a cause. You should talk with your family practice doctor. ...Read more

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Are blood glucose monitors accurate?

Are blood glucose monitors accurate?

If they work: To be considered accurate, a blood glucose monitor may be up to 15-18% off when compared to a lab glucose done at the same time. ...Read more

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Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Yes, typically.: You should be able to find strips for your glucose monitor assuming that it is a current meter (still being manufactured). Most pharmacies carry a variety of strips; that includes the mail away ones. Getting the strips paid for, however, may not be as easy. There are formulary limitations on type of strips covered and how many are used on a daily basis. Check with your insurance company. ...Read more

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Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

BP at the Grocery: Blood pressure monitors need to be calibrated periodically, especially if they get a lot of use. They should be accurate. If you have a concern that it might not be, ask when it was last calibrated or have it checked manually. You could try checking it at more than one store and see if the readings are similar, too. If not, one of the machines is likely wrong. ...Read more

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Blood pressure reading of 106/76 pulse 52 considered normal?

Blood pressure reading of 106/76 pulse 52 considered normal?

Your BP Is in the: Low normal range (normal BP 100-140/ 60-90) and your heart rate is slower than the average (60-90). Ask ur dr if he would consider cutting down on the dose of your metoprolol. God bless u! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/abouthighbloodpressure/understanding-blood-pressure-readings_ucm_301764_article.Jsp#maincontent http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/gettinghealthy/physicalact. ...Read more

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Which company's blood pressure monitor & glucometer are best & most reliable?

Which company's blood pressure monitor & glucometer are best & most reliable?

Blood pressure: Can't recommend a brand on here, it would be like advertising. Recommend going to Consumer Reports and check out their evaluations of these types of devices. ...Read more

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High blood pressure fasting blood test will cannabis show up?

High blood pressure fasting blood test will cannabis show up?

Only if testing for : It. It will only show up in the testing if they're looking for it. ...Read more

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How accurate is a blood pressure monitor from,Omron? Are monitors way off?

How accurate is a blood pressure monitor from,Omron?
Are monitors way off?

Measurement: Measurement devices need to be calibrated periodically to document accuracy. Any device out of calibration won't be accurate. Some devices need recalibration more often than others. ...Read more

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How accurate are wrist blood pressure monitors?

How accurate are wrist blood pressure monitors?

Wrist blood pressure monitors can be accurate if used exactly as directed: However, according to the American Heart Association, it's best to use a home blood pressure monitor that measures blood pressure in your upper arm. Devices for the upper arm are also easier to check for accuracy than are wrist monitors. Wrist blood pressure monitors are extremely sensitive to body position. To get an accurate reading when taking your blood pressure with a wrist monitor, your arm and wrist must be at heart level. Even then, blood pressure measurements taken at the wrist are usually higher and less accurate than those taken at your upper arm. That's because the wrist arteries are narrower and not as deep under your skin as those of the upper arm. Some people can't have their blood pressure measured at the upper arm because they have a very large arm or find blood pressure measurements painful. In these cases, measuring blood pressure at the wrist is acceptable. It's common for blood pressure readings taken at home on any type of monitor to be different from those taken at your doctor's office. If you have a wrist blood pressure monitor, it's a good idea to take your monitor to a doctor's appointment. Your doctor can then check your blood pressure with both a standard upper arm monitor and a wrist monitor in the correct position in the same arm to check your wrist blood pressure monitor's accuracy. ...Read more

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High blood pressure and heart murmer linked?

High blood pressure and heart murmer linked?

They can: Innocent heart murmurs can be present in pts with hypertension. People with congenital heart disease with bicuspid aortic valve with heart murmur, can have associated condition called coarctation of aota with hypertension they can have both ...Read more

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Does blood tests shows high blood pressures?

Does blood tests shows high blood pressures?

They do not: All blood tests are usually normal in patients with Essential Hypertension. They can be abnormal in patients with hypertension secondary to renal disease or other causes of hypertension 2/2 identifiable source. However any patient with newly diagnosed hypertension should get all the recommended blood tests to rule out diabetes, renal disease, hyperlipidemia, electrolyte abnormalities. ...Read more

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How the electrocardiogram record tells persons if have high blood pressure?

How the electrocardiogram record tells persons if have high blood pressure?

It Doesn't : An electrocardiogram is not used to diagnose high blood pressure. However, sometimes it can indicate possible changes to the heart that can occur with prolonged high blood pressure, such as enlargement of the heart (ventricular hypertrophy). ...Read more

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Can you monitor blood glucose levels without drawing blood?

No: Blood glucose is just that blood glucose, many methods have been tried to try to aproximate that. Even with the continious subcutaneous blood glucose monitoring devices you still have to do minimum of 2 bood glucose to calibrate the readings. ...Read more

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Is canadian blood test values or measurements diffrent from american?

Essentially the same: You must look at the normal range stated on the lab report. Each lab regardless of country will have a slightly different normal range. ...Read more

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Are supermarket blood pressure machines reliable? Are the blood pressure machines in supermarkets generally reliable?

Are supermarket blood pressure machines reliable? Are the blood pressure machines in supermarkets generally reliable?

Possibly: Sometimes they are but if not maintained, or if you are not using carefully, do not trust them. Always get BP checked by a reputable provider. ...Read more

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