How many of you have your own blood pressure monitor?

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  1. ThebiggestJerk

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    Maybe. You should get a PCP. BP meds are fairly cheap.

    How much is your life worth to you?
     
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    What is a pcp?
     
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    No , an occasional cigar .
     
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    this reads like a plotline in some dystopian fiction. I love never having to worry about stuff like this. Socialist healthcare rules.
     
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    primary care physician ≈ a family doctor
     
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    I don't have a monitor but constantly keep an eye on my health.

    I make sport and run marathons (I have the body of typical 70s UK punks :whistling:), so my heart runs at around 48/50 BPM and my blood pressure is always 110/120 over 70/80.

    Health is the most important thing we have. Period.
     
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    Great job! Yeah, lifestyle is the key: a good one wins you years and years of good life.
     
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    I have I think three of them. I used to have to check it daily while on dialysis, if you're overloaded with fluid it strains your heart, and if you're dehydrated you have a low heart rate and blood pressure.

    Now that I have had a transplant, my BP is consistently around 120/80.
     
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    dehydration does not automatically mean low BP. Hypovolemia can easily increase hypertension.
     
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    I don't take my blood pressure - it could be 1,000 over 1,000 and there is no immediate action that one can take … its not like you can take an insulin shot or a nitroglycerin pill or anything .
     
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    Yep we use the cuff and stethoscope. Been on bp meds since I was 29. But I feel better when my bp is on the upper side of normal. When my bp hangs around the National average I get week and shakey. I’ve come to the conclusion for me that being above what is suggested numbers is normal for me.
     
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    I work on the cardiac surgical unit and one thing I’ve noticed over the years is that the parameters for what is considered acceptable as “normal” BP have gradually gone down. Many healthcare professionals also have discerned this. About ten years ago in an unrelated event I asked my local pharmacist one day while picking up some medication, ‘what type of meds do you sell the most of?’, expecting pain meds to be the answer. He said it was BP meds. So it stands to reason, has the drug industry influenced the standards to sell more BP meds?

    Something else I’d like to add with regards to wrist BP cuffs, is that peripheral readings taken further from the heart can easily be inaccurate. They are good for trending but that’s often it. Many other things can acutely affect BP include level of device (should be at heart level) with some support underneath and not using the muscle contraction to do...ie arm should on a table. Lumbar support, feet flat footed on ground - not dangling. Empty bladder, and avoid eating or drinking, smoking and activity for about 20m prior to taking.
     
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    Heart attack Christmas Eve.
    I've been having small attacks for almost a year every other month ,just didn't know. I thought it was my back acting up. It finally got bad enough to go to emergency room. They installed a stent 5.0 and now Meds for a year.
    I'm attending free classes ( GIFT program)
    to educate on food and exercise.Turns out I was doing everything wrong.
    Silent killer as there was no red flags.
    Now if I can only learn how to sleep..:(
     
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    Nawhhh my tickers good , blood not so good
    D-Day is coming beginning of March having a Liver scan so hopefully all is well and I won't have to quit drinking or the like we'll see, after that they'll start drawing my blood regular like to get rid of excess iron
     
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    Walk in clinics may help..
    Please get help as money doesn't mean much if you fall dead.
    My total for everything was around 2100 ..worth every penny and only pay 100 a month no interest.
     
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    Forgot quote oops..

     
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    I use to say the same thing and wound up going blind in one eye ......
     
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    I have one. I am borderline "Elevated" with a systolic that hovers around the high 120s. Runs in the family, but exercise and eating healthy make a difference for me. If I do those things I can sometimes get it to drop to about 120.
     
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    Yeah, think of it as a cue to sort your lifestyle... the irony is, I’d been losing weight and getting fit before my MI.... but it was 30 years of debauchery that had done the harm.
    Lifestyle change is surprisingly easy when you’ve had an experience like ours, I find.... and being slim and fit feels great. I’m now 158 lb at 5 foot 10, and have had to buy a whole new wardrobe. ...


    I am lucky that I like vegetarian food more than any meat , so transition was simple.
    Stay strong and good luck, and remember to stay calm and not panic. Like my doc said, before you have one, you dismiss everything as not a heart attack, after you have one, you’re convinced every twinge is one...
     
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    Almost time to take my pill ..... D8B2C1A4-F999-45D9-AADD-76281565B0AA.jpeg
     
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