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If I am on Micardis (telmisartan) 20mg twice a day, when should I taken them and when should I take my blood pressures for a BP log to show my primary?

If I am on Micardis (telmisartan) 20mg twice a day, when should I taken them and when should I take my blood pressures for a BP log to show my primary?

Review directions: Micardis (telmisartan) is usually dosed once per day. Recommended initial dose is 40mg daily. Available in 20 mg, 40mg 80mg doses. May be administered without regard to meals. Most patients take it in the am but some take in the pm. Onset of action is 1 to 2 hours. Duration up to 24 hours. Hepatic metabolism. AHA advises log bp same time every day. I like different times especially after midnight. Talk to dr. ...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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If I take my blood pressure and I started at 185 vs 150 will I get a higher reading?

If I take my blood pressure and I started at 185 vs 150 will I  get a higher reading?

Possibly: Only if your systolic blood pressure is higher than 150. 180 is a reasonable level to inflate the cuff to. ...Read more

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I take my blood pressure at least 4 times in one sitting and each reading is different... Which reading should I use as true?

I take my blood pressure at least 4 times in one sitting and each reading is different... Which reading should I use as true?

Average them: BP is a dynamic measure that is constantly changing so no two will be exactly the same. Take your BP at complete rest for 10 minutes, seated with arm propped up at heart level (not held up by your mucles). If they're within 30 points of each other, average them. If they're vastly different, take 5 readings and throw out the 1 highest and lowest, and average the middle 3. ...Read more

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The more times I take my blood pressure in a row, the more it keeps going down. Does accuracy go down if I take it too much?

No: Many things affect our blood pressure. As you've seen, BP is always changing; I've seen it change over 20 points in a minute. The very act of taking one' s BP often raises it so the reading you get the first time is probably higher than it would be if you were not measuring it. As you take it more you tend to get more relaxed, so later readings are probably more reflective of your baseline level. ...Read more

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In general, how often should I take my blood pressure and log it to see my daily levels at home. In morning and night or more? Am, otherwise healthy.

In general, how often should I take my blood pressure and log it to see my daily levels at home. In morning and night or more? Am, otherwise healthy.

Detection of high BP: Twice daily recording of BP x 1 month will reveal the trend of BP.

Normal BP should be around 120/80

Try to change lifestyle modification- diet & exercise ...Read more

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When I take my blood pressure at home it is very painful and I can feel my heart begin to race. Can taking it cause high readings? I really dread it.

When I take my blood pressure at home it is very painful and I can feel my heart begin to race. Can taking it cause high readings?  I really dread it.

Technique: Do you inflate the cuff or is it done automatically by a pump. If later, the cuff is inflated too much and it is pinching your nerves. You should talk to your doctor or nurse and address the technique for taking blood pressure as it should not be painful.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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What does it mean when i take my blood pressure and systolic comes up prehypertension and diastolic comes up hypertension?

What does it mean when i take my blood pressure and systolic comes up prehypertension and diastolic comes up hypertension?

U need 2 lose weight: Don't sweat the specifics, you need to aggressively change your behavior to get in range if you have been diagnosed with essential hypertension. Try this health game, it can help you increase healthy behaviors and gives you actionable advice with each health number you input! Health gaming is a growing field of medicine! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-medicine+/id846379884?m ...Read more

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I take my blood pressure often, i'm on propranolol for hbp... Typically runs 110 but i can never get an accurate diastolic bc i never hear it end. Y?

I take my blood pressure often, i'm on propranolol for hbp... Typically runs 110 but i can never get an accurate diastolic bc i never hear it end. Y?

Pushing: You might be pressing your stethoscope too hard on your artery. If still having difficulty, try an automated machine. Your systolic reading is however normal. ...Read more

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How can u take my blood pressure?

How can u take my blood pressure?

In person: Blood pressure can only be measured in person. Many drug stores have a blood pressure instrument that will do it for you and give you the result. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I cant take my blood pressure medicine because i have tests tomorrow what should i do in the mean time when it gets high?

I cant take my blood pressure medicine because i have tests tomorrow what should i do in the mean time when it gets high?

Try and relax: And take your meds ASAP after the tests. Call your doc and see if he/she will want u to take meds anyway if BP too high. ...Read more

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Why do I feel the need to take my blood pressure at home over and over to make sure it is good like 50 times a day I do have anxiety?

Why do I feel the need to take my blood pressure at home over and over to make sure it is good like 50 times a day I do have anxiety?

Dear Jeff 24,: I agree with you and dr. Kwok about the anxiety aspect here. People can focus on many things with their worries, and from your many questions on this forum, it sounds like it's your health, for you. Can you maybe see the hypnotist you like, and add this worry as something to work on? It could be very helpful. Anxiety meds may help too, but not by themselves. A therapist can help you as well. ...Read more

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Do i need to take my blood pressure pill everyday even when my BP is 130/80 or even when it is below 140/80 or 120/80? Please am confused about it.

Yes: In a person with hypertension, the reason blood pressure comes down to normal is because of taking the medication(s) regularly and as prescribed. If you don't take your meds your blood pressure would be higher on those days. If your blood pressure drops too low i.e. Below 90/60 and have symptoms such as dizziness, inform your doctor to consider decreasing your dose. ...Read more

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Why my face gets puffy when I forget to take my blood pressure meds?

Don't forget: Puffy face may be a symptom of your hypertension. Do yourself a favor and treat hypertension properly by taking the meds the way there were prescribed. Forgetting to take medications is DANGEROUS, particularly for a disease known as the "silent killer" ...Read more

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What can you do to take blood pressure ?

Sphygomanometer: How's that for a term for the national spelling bee. That device with a stethoscope is used to measure the sounds in arteries as the device raises and lowers cuff pressure on usually the arm. The changes in sounds will allow your health professional to assign a value for the upper (systolic) and lower (diastolic) blood pressure throughout your body. ...Read more

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What can I take to lower my blood pressure?

What can I take to lower my blood pressure?

Many choices: Before medication, diet and exercise can go an awful long way in controlling high blood pressure. Should that not be enough, there are literally dozens of drugs over several classes that can be used to treat high blood pressure. Your doctor will help identify the appropriate medication based on your individual needs. ...Read more

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How do you take your blood pressure yourself?

How do you take your blood pressure yourself?

Very easy: Blood pressure monitors are available widely and without a prescription, home monitoring is an easy step you can take to improve your condition. Before you get started, it's important to know the right technique and to find a good home blood pressure monitor.Go to your doctor ask him to show you how to do it. ...Read more