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Blood Presure Readings
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
How do you read a child's blood presure? My machine won't get a reading off his arm, but just says error.
Have your Dr. check: Blood pressure readings in children can be difficult to obtain. It is important to use an appropriately-sized cuff as the reading will be inaccurate if an adult cuff is used on a small child. Your pediatrician should have multiple different cuff sizes and will use the appropriate size cuff for the individual child so as to obtain the most accurate reading. ...Read more
My blood pressure has been reading 145/90 but in the morning when I wake up it is around 109/65. Should I be alarmed?
Hypertension: This could bd a sign of hypertension. While it is normal for blood pressure to vary throughout the day, consistent values of greater than 140/90 mmhg are a sign of hypertension. If these are true values, you should see your primary care physician to discuss treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle changes: Exercise more, eat less, avoid sodium in your diet (not just salt but read food labels and look for sodium content in foods...try to keep it less than 2500mg a day) These are your best chances. If no change in 3 mo, see your doctor. Good luck with this. Dr R ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gravity: The short answer is the effect of gravity. When you stand up, your blood will "pool" in your lower extremities. The body has to increase the heart rate and vascular tone in order to keep blood pumping upwards towards your arms, neck and head. It is typical for the blood pressure to fall a little bit when you stand up; if it falls too much, this can be abnormal though, and should be evaluated. ...Read more
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