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What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

Check this site: The american heart association has a very helpful website on monitoring blood pressure: http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/symptomsdiagnosismonitoringofhighbloodpressure/how-to-monitor-and-record-your-blood-pressure_ucm_303323_article.Jsp please let me know if i can help further. ...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 do doctors check your blood pressure with the cuff?

How do doctors check your blood pressure with the cuff?

Blood pressu: Watching the numbers and listening for heart sounds to correlate these two to get the readings. When you start to hear the heart and when you can't hear it give you the numbers to go by. ...Read more

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How would you take a blood pressure by palpation?

How would you take a blood pressure by palpation?

See answer: Instead of using the stethoscope to hear the Pulse decrease through the artery, you feel (palpate) the pulse in the radial artery...Inflate the cuff rapidly to 70 mmHg, and increase by 10 mm Hg increments while palpating the radial pulse. Note the level of pressure at which the pulse disappears and subsequently reappears during deflation will be systolic blood pressure. ...Read more

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When taking blood pressure home with cuff how leveled does your arm have to be wth heart and how snug does cuff have to be.

When taking blood pressure home with cuff how leveled does your arm have to be wth heart and how snug does cuff have to be.

Try this: The cuff should fit snugly but not be stretched, neither should if feel uncomfortable. If this occurs then the BP might register as artificially higher than it truthfully is. There is some controversy regarding what level the cuff should be at when measuring. I think (and I think the literature largely shows this) it is best measured in the seated position with cuff at about the level of the heart ...Read more

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I take my blood pressure at home. how tight or loose does the cuff need to be.

I take my blood pressure at home.  how tight or loose does the cuff need to be.

BP cuff: The blood pressure cuff should fit comfortably when not inflated and snug enough not to fall off. ...Read more

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How low should your blood pressure be before you call a doctor pressure is 89/55 with pulse of 95

How low should your blood pressure be before you call a doctor pressure is 89/55 with pulse of 95

Generally : Generally speaking, low systolic blood pressure is an issue only if accompanied by symptoms of light-headed dizziness or angina chest pain or labored breathing. An asymptomatic lower systolic pressure may actually be protective or helpful if a patient has valvular heart disease or coronary heart disease. General guidelines for hypertensive treatment are currently under review by the joint national commission. A natural, physiologic systolic BP would usually run about 120 mmhg, although many healthy young adults have systolic bps in the 90 - 110 range. Consult your doctor or ask a cardiologist to provide second opinion if this remains a concern for you. Remember that heart healthy diets, weight control, and daily exercise remain the cornerstone treatments for continued physical health and longevity. ...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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Can you take blood pressure over a shirt? How will it affect the reading?

Can you take blood pressure over a shirt? How will it affect the reading?

BP recording: a BP can be recorded over a shirt but the readings may not be as accurate when the cuff is placed directly against the skin. If you are using an automated cuff, the machine may be thrown off by extraneous "noise" coming from your shirt due to movement. ...Read more

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How low does someone's blood pressure have to be to hold a blood pressure medication?

How low does someone's blood pressure have to be to hold a blood pressure medication?

It depends.: A blood pressure is too low if a person feels light-headed or faint. For many patients a blood pressure below 100 systolic (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) is too low. However some patients with congestive heart failure may do better with a lower reading. A rapid drop in blood pressure may cause symptoms even though the reading may not be very low. ...Read more

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How important is it for you to take care of your teeth of you have diabetes or high blood pressure? Why?

How important is it for you to take care of your teeth of you have diabetes or high blood pressure? Why?

Very important: Poorly controlled diabetics are more susceptible to periodontal disease.In addition severe periodontal disease cause an increase in blood sugar levels (hb1ac). As a result the patient is more at risk for diabetic complications and a reduced ability to heal. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a diuretic to lower blood pressure?

How long should it take for a diuretic to lower blood pressure?

Few days: It usually takes several days to see a consistent effect on your blood pressure. Most diuretics lower the blood pressure by 6-10 mmhg. ...Read more

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What is the best supplement to help with high blood pressure and if want to keep your arteries clear?

What is the best supplement to help with high blood pressure and if want to keep your arteries clear?

Fish Oil: Fish oil is thought to help some with high blood pressure, and it might help decrease atherosclerosis (cholesterol buildup in arteries). However, these are not well proven theories. There is no supplement proven to help with blood pressure and preventing atherosclerosis. Best approach would be to treat BP with meds if necessary, and to take a statin medication if you have high cholesterol. ...Read more

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How soon would you see reduced blood pressure with daily exercise?

How soon would you see reduced blood pressure with daily exercise?

Effort matters: You should see positive effects when you can sustain > %80 of your max heart rate for duration > 20 min, in training. Learn about max heart rate, and target heart rate training. ...Read more

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Have health anxiety and check blood pressure to often. Need to break cycle. How often should I check my bp?

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Have health anxiety and check blood pressure to often. Need to break cycle. How often should I check my bp?

Blood pressure: If u r not hypertensive or on medications that alter your bp, then once a week should be sufficient. Also, recording your BP readings will give you reassurance if readings are consistently normal and similar. ...Read more

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Help docs, is ibuprofen ok to take with a pill that has to do with blood pressure?

Help docs, is ibuprofen ok to take with a pill that has to do with blood pressure?

Maybe: Ibuprofen can counteract BP medication in susceptible people, but not everyone. If your BP is controlled, even when you take ibuprofen, you're okay! ...Read more

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How often should a diabetic get his blood pressure checked?

How often should a diabetic get his blood pressure checked?

Blood pressure: Buying a blood pressure device is not very expensive. If you can afford it measure your blood pressure when you wake up and when you go to bed. Do that for a week or two you can do the same about once a week. If your BP is high often you need to see your doctor. ...Read more