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    So I've been using those blood pressure monitors that they have at pharmacies and was getting consistently high readings every single time. I feel that I'm fairly healthy so it was getting my concerned.

    However, upon reading the the 'fine print' on the machine - it says that it is made for the standard adult arm of 13 inches and that if your arm is larger than that then readings may not be accurate. (Another thing to note is that the cuff is only located on the left side).

    So, I decided to order my own at-home monitor with a large cuff. It just came today and I decided to run through some tests, and what I found was interesting.

    Within about a 15 minute time frame I ran through four tests for both my right and left arm; here are my readings:

    1st) L: 140/69 R:110/67
    2nd) L: 125/80 R:125/79
    3rd) L: 142/82 R: 136/73
    4th) L: 142/94 R: 125/69

    So, on average, consistently high readings on my left arm and relatively normal on my right.

    Decided to investigate why and came across this article:
    http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/d...e-201202014174

    While this does indicate that this could be a symptom of peripheral artery disease, I don't think that this is the case with me. The reason is:

    I also have ulnar nerve impingement issues in my left arm which causes frequent loss of feeling in the outside of my hand (especially the pinky & ring finger). Deep tissue massage helps, and even sometimes temporarily alleviates this. My massage therapist says that it's related to tightness and impingement from my pectorals and triceps.

    And this supports the other cause cited in the article:
    "In younger people, side-to-side differences in blood pressure can occur when a muscle or something else compresses an artery supplying the arm, or by a structural problem that prevents smooth blood flow through an artery."

    Anyway, just found this interesting and thought that I'd share.


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    Machine's are notoriously innaccurate when it comes to BP. Your right are is slightly closer to your heart which is why BP is typically taken on your right arm. Those are not high readings by the way. 120/80 is absolutly perfect blood pressure on paper, however 140/90 range isn't really considered high. Also, were you sitting or standing while taking the Blood pressure's? could you have taken 1 standing and then 1 sitting. This may not sound like much but it does have an effect on the accuracy of the test.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rhoads View Post
      Machine's are notoriously innaccurate when it comes to BP. Your right are is slightly closer to your heart which is why BP is typically taken on your right arm. Those are not high readings by the way. 120/80 is absolutly perfect blood pressure on paper, however 140/90 range isn't really considered high. Also, were you sitting or standing while taking the Blood pressure's? could you have taken 1 standing and then 1 sitting. This may not sound like much but it does have an effect on the accuracy of the test.
      All were sitting and in the same position. Last time I went to the doctor the reading he got was 140/90, and he was alarmed. However, I had allergies at the time and had taken Allegra-D (which contains pseudoephedrine) as well as had a cup of coffee within an hour or two prior to my appointment.

      I have had no caffeine or any other stimulant today.


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      • #4
        Can I have your blood pressure? I'm 23, and mine has read as high as 170/98
        My log: http://www.intensemuscle.com/showthread.php?t=47064

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          Oh and BTW, in case anybody is wondering, the monitor I'm using is the Omron BP760.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by PBRevolution View Post
            Can I have your blood pressure? I'm 23, and mine has read as high as 170/98
            Wow! That seems pretty high to me. Your dr concerned or offered anything to reduce it. Any idea why it is so high?

            Mine is usually 110-115/60-65.
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