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Should I be concerned if my BP monitor says I have an irregular heartbeat after exercising?

Should I be concerned if my BP monitor says I have an irregular heartbeat after exercising?

Heart monitor: Electronic monitors r sensitive - nl sinus arrhythmia maybe considered irregular or u maybe having pacs or pvcs (considered normal if infrequent in nl hearts). If really concerned you can have a treadmill stress test to check ur heart rhythm during exercise. ...Read more

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Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I'd rather use an auto wrist BP monitor for my BP readings vs. A cuff. 1 dr. Says wrist one is inaccurate, the other says it is good enough. So?

I'd rather use an auto wrist BP monitor for my BP readings vs. A cuff. 1 dr. Says wrist one is inaccurate, the other says it is good enough. So?

Probably ok: The wrist vessels are smaller, and you may get more artifact, or more variation in readings. Have you cuff calibrated with the cuff at your docs office. If it is within a few points, it is ok for you. ...Read more

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What does high diastolic bp with normal systolic indicate? BP is normal when lying down or at my Dr. And it's only high on my digital BP monitor.

What does high diastolic bp with normal systolic indicate? BP is normal when lying down or at my Dr. And it's only high on my digital BP monitor.

Inability to relax: It usually indicates the heart or blood vessels are not relaxing fully when the heart is in what is known as diastole or its resting phase (where the heart is filling with blood prior to pumping). Might want to bring your digital device in to your next doctor visit so they can compare their reading with your digital monitor reading. ...Read more

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Using a calibrated arm cuff BP monitor while walking in place my BP is very erratic and gets over 250/150 (HR ~120), what could be the cause?

Using a calibrated arm cuff BP monitor while walking in place my BP is very erratic and gets over 250/150 (HR ~120), what could be the cause?

Erratic B/P: You list a whole bunch of medical conditions. You live in the state of the Mayo Clinic. Stop playing around. Go there and get a workup! There are ambulatory B/P monitors which can monitor you for a while and find out what is really going on with you. ...Read more

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What could have caused occasional 'irregular heartbeat' indication in Omron BP monitor for 57+ yr female? The reading shows BP 116/77 & pulse 69.

What could have caused occasional 'irregular heartbeat' indication in Omron BP monitor for 57+ yr female? The reading shows BP 116/77 & pulse 69.

Irregular heartbeat: BP machines are not really designed to detect abnormalities of heart rhythm. Causes may include machine error, sinus arrhythmia (i.e., normal), or arrhythmias such as premature contractions or atrial fibrillation. If there are no symptoms it is much less likely to be worrisome. If you have sustained palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness then see a doc. ...Read more

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I've had symptoms of pots at drs on BP monitor and my dr wants me to have a tilt test to diagnose and start med. Can you treat symptoms without meds?

I've had symptoms of pots at drs on BP monitor and my dr wants me to have a tilt test to diagnose and start med. Can you treat symptoms without meds?

POTS: Make sure the tilt-table-test is either done in before starting the treatment or that the results are taken into consideration in the context of the medications you are using. Certain medications can affect the results of the tilt-table-test and confuse the diagnosis. There are several non-medication treatments, including some behavioral adjustments that can effectively treat POTS. ...Read more

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24 hr BP monitor showed 61/28. Is this dangerously low? What can happen?

24 hr BP monitor showed 61/28. Is this dangerously low? What can happen?

Ah yes!: That makes more sense. Yes, 61/28 is really quite low. It is normal for blood pressure to become low during the night, but that's probably too low, if it is an accurate reading. You might need lower doses of your blood pressure medicine - talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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While taking ALOT of BP med, a 24hr BP monitor showed extreme lows, would a retake be beneficial now that I am not on the BP meds?

While taking ALOT of BP med, a 24hr BP monitor showed extreme lows, would a retake be beneficial now that I am not on the BP meds?

Yes, I think so: The person who did the monitor should give you results and you should pose the questions. If you had any symptoms when the blood pressures dipped low, that could also be a clue as to whether you are still having dips. However, now that you are off meds the more important question would be, are you having highs? Possibly you still need to be on SOME medication. ...Read more

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What does the result of home blood pressure monitoring mean?

What does the result of home blood pressure monitoring mean?

Blood pressure: Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure (hypertension). The american heart association and other organizations recommend anyone with high blood pressure monitor his or her blood pressure at home. Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure in a familiar setting, make certain your medication is working, and alert you and your docto. ...Read more

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What might affect the accuracy of home blood pressure monitoring?

What might affect the accuracy of home blood pressure monitoring?

Blood pressure: Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure (hypertension). The american heart association and other organizations recommend anyone with high blood pressure monitor his or her blood pressure at home. Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure in a familiar setting, make certain your medication is working, and alert you and your docto. ...Read more

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I have a relion BP monitor with cuff that adjusts for standard to large. I am going crazy be cause not sure if I am fitting it right + at heart level?

I have a relion BP monitor with cuff that adjusts for standard to large. I am going crazy be cause not sure if I am fitting it right + at heart level?

No need to fret: The cuff should be wide enough to cover 2/3rds of upper arm. It should be long enough to wrap completely around arm with about 2 inches of overlap. It should be snug but not tight. If it slides up & down arm, too loose. If you can't get a finger under the cuff, too tight. Don't worry about level of heart, just sit or lie down &try to be relaxed. Sitting at kitchen table with arm at rest is good. ...Read more

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I had bp monitor checked at my DR I was very anxious. Their monitor said 139/97 mine said 126/103 2 minutes later. Is my monitor wrong?

I had bp monitor checked at my DR I was very anxious. Their monitor said 139/97 mine said 126/103 2 minutes later. Is my monitor wrong?

No: Blood pressure is constantly changing. The fact that you are worried about it can actually make your bp increase. A diagnosis of hypertension can be made by elevated bp on 2 separate occasions. Hope this helps and you are doing well. ...Read more

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Will 2mg diazepam affect my 24 hours blood pressure monitoring? My BP was 144/80 and 150/100 a week later.

Negative: Diazepam will not have any appreciable effect on your BP and your dose, incidentally, is very small. ...Read more

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What is a normal bloood pressure for a 61 year old man who is 6 feet tall and weighs 188 to 200 pounds when measured at home on BP monitor kit?

What is a normal bloood pressure for a 61 year old man who is 6 feet tall and weighs 188 to 200 pounds when measured at home on BP monitor kit?

120/80: That's the standard but up to 140/90 is still in the normal (high normal) range. There is a lot of variability and our BP fluctuates throughout the day. Check it regularly to find a trend and an average ...Read more

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I recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Monitoring average reading is 156/97. How bad is this?

I recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Monitoring average reading is 156/97. How bad is this?

It's high: The average reading you are seeing is high, and does need to be treated. It's not urgently high, i.e., no reason to run to the er. But every reason to take the meds from your doctor (if applicable) and to learn about ways to control with lifestyle changes. Search online for information about the d.A.S.H. Diet and other ways to get your blood pressure in control. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have high blood pressure during normal or mild activity? Like170/100mmhg+chest discomfort, with the manual Bp monitor

Is it normal to have high blood pressure during normal or mild activity? Like170/100mmhg+chest discomfort, with the manual Bp monitor

Although it is: Normal for the blood pressure to rise during exercise and exertion, your readings seem excessively high especially if associated with additional symptoms (chest pain.) You need to see a health care provider for evaluation and treatment before more serious conditions develop. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have atrial fibrillation and not detect it by a BP monitor or taking the pulse? My husband feels weak and lethargic.

Is it possible to have atrial fibrillation and not detect it by a BP monitor or taking the pulse? My husband feels weak and lethargic.

Yes: Blood pressure machines can detect an irregular pulse but cannot diagnose atrial fibrillation and they are far from perfect. Same goes for taking your pulse. At times, atrial fibrillation and especially atrial flutter can be fairly regular and not even show up as an irregular rhythm by these methods. He needs an EKG or a heart monitor that shows the rhythm ...Read more

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