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What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

Normal For You: An "average" blood pressure is 120/80 which means 120 mm mercury systolic (full heart pump) and 80 mm mercury diastolic (heart at rest between beats). Many other factors enter into the number which makes it higher or lower, but normal for you. Example: athletes BP is usually lower, the elderly have higher bp's but both are prefectly fine. Find what is normal for you. Extremes are bad. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

See below: The cuff is put around the arm and inflated. The pressure is increased enough to totally cut off flow through the artery. When the cuff is deflated, sounds are heard when flow begins. That is the systolic pressure. When the cuff further deflates, eventually there is no collapse of the artery at all and then the sounds disappear or muffle. That is the diastolic pressure. ...Read more

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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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Why is a sitting blood pressure reading higher than a standing blood pressure reading?

Why is a sitting blood pressure reading higher than a standing blood pressure reading?

Gravity: The short answer is the effect of gravity. When you stand up, your blood will "pool" in your lower extremities. The body has to increase the heart rate and vascular tone in order to keep blood pumping upwards towards your arms, neck and head. It is typical for the blood pressure to fall a little bit when you stand up; if it falls too much, this can be abnormal though, and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can consuming a lot of sugar before a blood pressure test cause a higher blood pressure reading?

Can consuming a lot of sugar before a blood pressure test cause a higher blood pressure reading?

Probably not: The sugar ingestion by itself should have no effect. However if whatever you are having the sugar in also has a lot of salt, it might raise the blood poressure. ...Read more

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How is blood pressure measured well using a home digital sphygmomanometer?

How is blood pressure measured well using a home digital sphygmomanometer?

See below: Digital ones are quite accurate, but must be compared to ones in your physicians office to be verified. Instructions are simple to follow.Make sure you are getting the right size cuff, the length of the BP cuff bladder should be 80 percent, and the width at least 40 percent (and some use 46 percent), of the circumference of the upper arm. They are labelled small adult, adult and large adult. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 125 systolic a normal blood pressure?

Need help. Is 125 systolic a normal blood pressure?

Yes, but...: Most would consider this a fairly appropriate blood pressure, and indeed if one has the diagnosis of hypertension, this is in appropriate range. Officially, a blood pressure between 120 - 139 over 80-89, is considered "prehypertension". ...Read more

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

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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What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

BP cuff: Most often a blood pressure cuff is placed above the elbow on the upper extremity so that the pulse at the elbow can be heard. However, blood pressure can be taken in any extremity. ...Read more

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What is blood pressure a measure of?

See below: It is the pressure within your arteries when the heart contracts (systolic) and when it relaxes (diastolic). ...Read more

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Can it be that a blood sugar reading of 215 cause low blood pressure?

Can it be that a blood sugar reading of 215 cause low blood pressure?

No: Very high blood sugars cause an osmotic diuresis which will cause low blood pressure (even shock) but 215 isn't high enough unless it's been there for a very long time and you're not drinking fluids normally. ...Read more

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If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause blood clots?

If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause blood clots?

No: It's on for too short a time. A too-small BP cuff is a problem only because it makes the measured BP appear elevated which is artifactual. ...Read more

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When is a patient considered hypertensive & require medication? Should there be a consistent high blood pressure & from what range of blood pressure?

Hypertension.: The traditional cut off has been treating with the diastolic blood pressure is 90 or above. There are more detailed recommendations, but those are the basics. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the average blood pressure reading for someone with high blood pressure?

What is the average blood pressure reading for someone with high blood pressure?

See below: The systolic blood pressure is considered elevated (at rest) if it's 140 mmHg or greater until age 59. At age 60, the systolic blood pressure is considered elevated of it is 150 mmHg or greater. There is no general average for patients who have hypertension, but you can trend your individual average blood pressure. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect does cuff size have on the accuracy of a blood pressure monitor?

Blood pressure: The blood pressure cuff compression of the arm is a mechanical phenomenon. If the cuff is too big or too small relative to the size of the arm the compression pressure generated does not accurately reflect intravascular pressure. ...Read more

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Blood pressure taken at home on calf was 220/115. is this normal? Taken with home blood pressure cuff

Blood pressure taken at home on calf was 220/115. is this normal?  Taken with home blood pressure cuff

Insuff Info: Blood Pressure in Legs usually as much as 20% higher in the legs than in the Brachial artery. But this would mean your Brachial BP is also high. Blood pressure taken by automatic machine is always in doubt. If it blows up the cuff so tight that it hurts, then blood pressure measurment is in doubt and will appear higher. A blood pressure lower in legs suggests a blockage to blood flow. ...Read more

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How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

See below: The cuff is put around the arm and inflated. The pressure is increased enough to totally cut off flow through the artery. When the cuff is deflated, sounds are heard when flow begins. That is the systolic pressure. When the cuff further deflates, eventually there is no collapse of the artery at all and then the sounds disappear or muffle. That is the diastolic pressure. ...Read more

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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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What are the most common definitive signs to say that a person has high blood pressure , without measuring him ? just by looking ?

What are the most common definitive signs to say that a person has high blood pressure , without measuring him ? just by looking ?

No Definitive signs: There are no definitive signs of high blood pressure anyone can use just by looking at someone. The blood pressure needs to be measured using a proper blood pressure machine. ...Read more

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How do you measure blood pressure?

How do you measure blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Cuff around arm listening at elbow with person sitting comfortably with arm at heart level. Automatic cuffs are available with readings made two to three times in a row as ideal. High blood pressure is greater than 140/90. ...Read more

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What is blood pressure a measure of?

See below: It is the pressure within your arteries when the heart contracts (systolic) and when it relaxes (diastolic). ...Read more

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What is the best way to measure blood pressure?

What is the best way to measure blood pressure?

Good question!: BP should be measured in the sitting position after at least 10 minutes of inactivity, at the level of the heart, on both arms for at least two-three times and the measurements averaged. The subject should not have smoked or eaten the hour before, be relaxed and an appropriate-size cuff used for the body size. Classical mercury sphygmomanometers are unsurpassed. I know this is not adhered to. ...Read more

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When is the best time to measure blood pressure?

When is the best time to measure blood pressure?

When relaxed: There are certain factors that can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise: stress smoking cold temperatures exercise caffeine certain medicines try to avoid as many of these factors as you can when taking your blood pressure. Also, try to measure your blood pressure at about the same time each day but also check your blood pressure several times during the day to see if it fluctuates. ...Read more

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What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

Normal For You: An "average" blood pressure is 120/80 which means 120 mm mercury systolic (full heart pump) and 80 mm mercury diastolic (heart at rest between beats). Many other factors enter into the number which makes it higher or lower, but normal for you. Example: athletes BP is usually lower, the elderly have higher bp's but both are prefectly fine. Find what is normal for you. Extremes are bad. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is blood pressure the pressure in the blood or the pressure in the cuff?

Neither: It's pressure in the arteries - the cuff is an indirect measurement. (a direct measurement requires placing a gauge directly into the artery). ...Read more

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Blood pressure 149/79, is this high or normal? 34 Female. This is recent measure.150/90 last year.

Blood pressure 149/79, is this high or normal? 34 Female. This is recent measure.150/90 last year.

Top high, bottom OK.: Rule #1: make sure the cuff size is correct. If you have a really big arm & the cuff is small, it will falsely elevate the numbers. Rule #2: Check for a series of 3 days or so. High BP can be genetic ie "essential," or due to obesity, anxiety, hyperthyroidism, adrenals, other meds - lots of possibilities. Needs work-up. Call doc if you get blurry vision, bad headache, chest pain, breathlessness. ...Read more

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What is eye blood pressure and how to measure it"?

What is eye blood pressure and how to measure it"?

Intraocular pressure: Intraocular pressure or iop is measured by your ophthalmologist or trained staff using drops and instruments called tonometers. Normal eye pressure is in the range of 10-21 millimeters of mercury and generally is not self monitored like regular blood pressure. ...Read more

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How should you measure systolic blood pressure?

First sound : The best way to meausre BP is to use a manual BP cuff. The systolic BP is the first sound heard via a stethescope as you slowly release pressure on the occluded vessel. ...Read more

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What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

BP cuff: Most often a blood pressure cuff is placed above the elbow on the upper extremity so that the pulse at the elbow can be heard. However, blood pressure can be taken in any extremity. ...Read more

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Wondering why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Wondering why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Hemodialysis: During hemodialysis some of the blood is pumped outside the body into the dialysis machine. Typically the blood pressure drops during dialysis. If you start with too low a blood pressure, the pressure during dialysis could get dangerously low. ...Read more

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What are reasons why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

What are reasons why we always measure blood pressure before hemodialysis ?

Hemodialysis: During hemodialysis some of the blood is pumped outside the body into the dialysis machine. Typically the blood pressure drops during dialysis. If you start with too low a blood pressure, the pressure during dialysis could get dangerously low. ...Read more

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If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high ?

If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high ?

Yes & Yes: 19 y/o Female asks If blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high? The Answers are Yes & Yes. If one is concerned about the cuff one should have BP checked in a proper Medical place by trained people to be sure. Best wishes ...Read more

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How do I test blood pressure at home? How should I write down the numbers, and when should I measure?

How do I test blood pressure at home?  How should I write down the numbers, and when should I measure?

Automated BP cuff: Glad you're doing this. You can buy decent automated arm cuffs at the pharmacy (arm not wrist) & that's a good place to start. You'll be given a reading with 2 #'s: 1st, higher # is called systolic bp, and 2nd, lower number is the diastolic. An ex. Of how you write it would be: 120/70. Check your BP while comfortable at rest. Record 1-2x/day at diff times of day, or as per your doc's instruction. ...Read more