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How To Pass A Blood Pressure Test
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
Relax and calm down: Rest relax calm down for reading to bbe taken.
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.
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).
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
Hypertension: It means that you have systolic hypertension, the most common scenario in hypertension. Either number being elevated is abnormally high blood pressure.
Can a blood pressure test be affected by what you ate earlier in the day, such as spicy or salty food?
Can you tell me if on a blood pressure test, what's the top number mean, and what's the bottom number mean?
Blood Pressure: Read this: http://www. Webmd. Com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/diastolic-and-systolic-blood-pressure-know-your-numbersGet a more detailed answer ›
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.
You can: You can also check your BP after eating and compare it to one without eating.
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.
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.
Yes: Yes it can.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 have a low blood pressure it is not medically significant or abnormal.
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 a 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.
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.