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Different blood pressure reading in right and left arms, a cause for concern ? Should said readings be spaced 5 minutes apart ?

Different blood pressure reading in right and left arms, a cause for concern ?  Should said readings be spaced 5 minutes apart ?

Normal: The left arm is closer to the heart, the right arm is further away from the heart. The condition of the blood vessel also make a difference. Generally everybody has a different blood pressure measurement in each arm. The key is not the 2 being different, the key is the measurement is within acceptable parameters. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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I'm getting different readings when taking my blood pressure and i have taken my medication?

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I'm getting different readings when taking my blood pressure and i  have taken my medication?

Can vary : As long as there are not marked differences in the readings would not worry. Your blood pressure can vary by a few points at various times of the day, and by how anxious you are when taking the reading. If the reading vary widely see your doctor. ...Read more

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I take my blood pressure at least 4 times in one sitting and each reading is different... Which reading should I use as true?

I take my blood pressure at least 4 times in one sitting and each reading is different... Which reading should I use as true?

Average them: BP is a dynamic measure that is constantly changing so no two will be exactly the same. Take your BP at complete rest for 10 minutes, seated with arm propped up at heart level (not held up by your mucles). If they're within 30 points of each other, average them. If they're vastly different, take 5 readings and throw out the 1 highest and lowest, and average the middle 3. ...Read more

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Are the blood pressure readings different if taken in different arms.

Are the blood pressure readings different if taken in different arms.

BP: If the BP between the two arms is more than 20mmHg difference, this would suggest an obstruction in the inflow to the arm with the lower BP. ...Read more

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My blood pressure reading was 125 over 63?

My blood pressure reading was 125 over 63?

Blood pressure: That is normal .There is always some mild variation. We consider high blood pressure when it is above 140/90 on 3 separate occasions. We worry about too low blood pressure in adults when ...Read more

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I have blood pressure readings showing 150?

I have blood pressure readings showing 150?

BP Goal 120/80: I will presume you are referring to the "top" value or systolic blood pressure (bp). If measured correctly, this is way too high for a 31yo male. Of course i don't know about any other medical problems you may have... The current definition of a "normal" BP is 120/80 or less... Have it checked out! ...Read more

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What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

What causes irregular blood pressure readings?

Normal: You have to determine if the cuff you are using is accurate. You will rarely get the same BP readings with an automated cuff. ...Read more

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How serious is a blood pressure reading of 82/56?

How serious is a blood pressure reading of 82/56?

Variable: One never treats a number per se; but rather symptoms if any. A BP of 82/56 is certainly on the low side especially for a 44 year old male. However if you are of slight build that may be normal for you. If you are not lightheaded and well hydrated, basically asymptomatic with that number, no need to worry. If you are light headed, then you ought to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Is my blood pressure normal at a reading of 97/71?

BP: As long as you are not dizzy, lightheaded that BP is fine. I believe you are probably on anti hypertensive medications. ...Read more

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What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

What blood pressure reading is considered too low?

It depends: How low is too low depends on the person, but for most people anything below 90/60 is considered too low. Common symptoms of low BP are lightheadedness, vision change, unsteadiness, fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these, see your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a blood pressure reading of 96/64 a low reading?

Symptoms : Not if you have no symptoms most common would be dizziness or low energy. ...Read more

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Blood pressure reading is 165/78. how can I lower. it?

Blood pressure reading is 165/78. how can I lower. it?

Low salt diet: The first step will be to reduce the salt in the diet significantly. Then see your doctor, who will prbably start you on the diuretic agent( to remove salt from the body via urine). ...Read more

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What is a dangerous blood pressure reading be in women?

What is a dangerous blood pressure reading be in women?

Depends: <135/85 is normal. Any BP elevation that causes angina, heart failure, or encephalopathy is dangerous. Usually one only sees that with bps >200/120 or so. ...Read more

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What does a lower number of blood pressure reading mean?

Hypertension: The diastolic pressure is related to the intravascular volume and the peripheral vascular resistance when the heart is relaxed and not contracting. ...Read more