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Does It Matter What Arm You Take A Blood Pressure Test
No: Although being anxious about a blood pressure check could raise your blood pressure, e.g. White-coat hypertension, your every day blood pressure is not going to be while you're on xanax (alprazolam) and therefore the reading on xanax (alprazolam) may not be fully reflective of your true bps. A better option would be to check your BP at home regularly and keep a log and take with you to your doctor for review. ...Read more
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
BP: It depends on what type of test. You should take your BP medications at the same time (either morning or evening) daily. There are very few tests that will be affected by taking your scheduled medication. So honestly, I don't think it matters how many hours before your BP test you take your medicine. ...Read more
I'm 19 and had a high blood pressure test at store. It's high? (Tested twice) How and how can I lower it?
BP: At 19, you should see your Doctor and be checked to be sure whether you really have high BP and if you do what the cause might be and treatment. ...Read more
Relax and calm down: Rest relax calm down for reading to bbe taken. ...Read more
You can: You can also check your BP after eating and compare it to one without eating. ...Read more
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I recently took a blood pressure test at the pharmacy and the numbers I got were confusing. I'm 5'10" 230lb is 147/78 with an 86 BPM bad or good?
High BP: These numbers are a call for you to get active. Your BP is a bit high as is your weight. These two facts are closely related as your body's weight is 2/3 water--and excessive obesity thus contributes more to htn. Would suggest you start w your doc and do some bloodwork checking lipids and glc, HGB a1c, etc. Start monitoring bp, get on a diet, with attention to salt and alcohol reduction. ...Read more
Systolic ; diastolic: The top number (systolic) is the pressure reading when the heart pumps and pushed blood through the arteries. The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure when the heart rests between beats. ...Read more
BP: The systolic (top) number is the pressure generated by the force of your left ventricle during contraction (systole). The diastolic (bottom) number is the residual pressure in the aorta during the resting phase (diastole) & reflects the elastic properties of the arterial system. If either is abnormally elevated for a long time, your risk of stroke, heart failure, attack, and kidney failure rise ...Read more
Can you tell me if on a blood pressure test, what's the top number mean, and what's the bottom number mean?
I was given a blood pressure test to detect drugs? I don't do drugs, but im just curious to know what a blood pressure can detect, like alchocol or drugs?
Sorry, nope: BP isn't able to pick up any drugs, unless you're dropping meth or coke at the time, in which case your BP will be sky-high. Now if you mean you were given a blood test for drugs, that might be a different story. ...Read more
How does a 24-hour blood pressure test work? Is it like a heart holter test? Or does it record on its own?
On its own: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (abpm) measures blood pressure at regular intervals. Blood pressure gets measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. It uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and which is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It small enough you can sleep with it on. ...Read more
Took blood pressure test, forearm veins pulsed hard. 2 in hemorage apeared under wrist. I am 24, 154/92. Concerns about ruptures, weakened veins?
Bruising: Assuming you are describing bruising occurring as a result of BP measurement performed with a sphygmomanometer in an otherwise healthy young man one would have concerns regarding platelet or coagulation disorder especially if recurrent or at multiple sites. ...Read more
I'm wondering why can't one take a blood pressure or draw blood on the arm of the side that a mastectomy was done?
I've got some fluid on my legs and arms, especially after I eat. And I take a blood pressure fluid pill. Should I worry about this?
Reduce salt in diet: To improve both your blood pressure and reduce the swelling. Try to avoid fast food restuarants and canned foods which tend to very high in salt. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables without added salt, and drink lots of water. Regular exercise is also helpful for reducing blood pressure and swelling. Monitor your blood pressure frequently, especially when you have more swelling. ...Read more
Does it matter which arm you take your blood pressure on? I heard always the left but then a nurse told me it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter..: As long as you have no anatomical abnormalities in your circulatory system. ...Read more
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