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Should I take Xanax (alprazolam) before a blood pressure test?

Should I take Xanax (alprazolam) before 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

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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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How many hours before a blood pressure test should I take lisinopril?

How many hours before a blood pressure test should I take lisinopril?

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

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What u can take before a blood pressure test to get a good reading?

What u can take before a blood pressure test to get a good reading?

A deep breath: Before taking a blood pressure reading, one can take a slow deep breath or two, relax a moment, and imagine a calm and pleasant scene (such as sitting on the warm sand at the beach, watching the waves, listening to the birds). ...Read more

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Is a routine blood pressure test necessary?

Is a routine blood pressure test necessary?

Routine BP Test: Yes it is a routine in hospitals, doctors office most of the time. You know most of the time hypertension is diagnosed, as most of the people who have high bp, have no syptoms. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat before a blood pressure test?

Is it okay to eat before a blood pressure test?

OK to EAT BEFORE BP: Yes it is ok as long as you have not consumed meal containig lot of salt. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: blood pressure test?

See below: I assume you mean lab tests. It should include a comprehensive panel, urine test, and an ekg. You can also get an echo and stress test, but the simple 3 lab tests should do. ...Read more

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Is the routine blood pressure test necessary if normal bp?

Is the routine blood pressure test necessary if normal bp?

Risk factors: BP is an important risk factor for vascular disease. If BP is normal, checking it periodically at doctor visits is probably adequate. If BP is borderline or high orif a family risk for HTN is great, spot checking or ambulatory monitoring makes sense. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and had a high blood pressure test at store. It's high? (Tested twice) How and how can I lower it?

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

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Can a blood pressure test be affected by what you ate earlier?

Can a blood pressure test be affected by what you ate earlier?

Yes: Blood pressure is very dynamic, and can change minute to minute. Diet can have a big effect ...Read more

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Should I eat before a blood pressure test at home?

Should I eat before a blood pressure test at home?

You can: You can also check your BP after eating and compare it to one without eating. ...Read more

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Is there a homemade blood pressure test? One with no equipments?

No, but...: Most pharmacies have stations for free blood pressure checks these days, you could try checking your blood pressure at one of those if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I got 92/55 on an at home blood pressure test. What's the minimum normal blood pressure?

I got 92/55 on an at home blood pressure test.  What's the minimum normal blood pressure?

See below: Make sure that your monitor is accurate. Systolic blood pressure the higher number can be as low as 90 in normal individuals at that reading if you have no symptoms and no reason to have a low blood pressure it is not medically significant or abnormal. ...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

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What do the top and bottom number mean on a blood pressure test?

What do the top and bottom number mean on a blood pressure test?

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

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On a blood pressure test, what does the top number mean? And the bottom number?

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

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What does it mean if the top numbe is high on a blood pressure test but not the other?

What does it mean if the top numbe is high on a blood pressure test but not the other?

Hypertension: It means that you have systolic hypertension, the most common scenario in hypertension. Either number being elevated is abnormally high blood pressure. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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'm wondering why can't one take a blood pressure or draw blood on the arm of the side that a mastectomy was done?

Breast ca sx: After breast ca, sx there are changes in blood flow drainage especially if there was axillary nodes removed that will inter fer with lymphatic drainage. You will be at high risk for phlebitis and lymphangitis. ...Read more

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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?

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

Blood Pressure Test (Definition)

I assume you mean lab tests. It should include a comprehensive panel, urine test, and an ekg. You can also get an echo and stress test, but the simple 3 ...Read more