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So did you check your blood pressure again?
I forgot to mention, I am female - if that makes a difference
Or was that the only time?
No, this was the only time
Do you have a blood pressure machine at home?
Were you anxious at the time your blood pressure was checked?
I don't have a blood pressure machine at home
I was slightly, because I was waiting to be called - so I guess I was slightly worried if I would be called before it was finished
Actually a blood pressure reading is ideally taken when one is not stressed or anxious or tense.
A false reading can also happen if you did not use the apparatus correctly.
Ok, I can try and take it again when I'm less tense
So there is a great possibility that your reading could have been a false reading either because you were anxious or because it was not taken properly.
I would recommend that you get yourself a machine.
If I have my sleeve rolled up would that make a difference?
They are available in all pharmacies.
Did you apply the cuff on the sleeve?
the machine showed to put all your arm through - so the machine tightened from my wrist to the middle of my top arm
It wasn't a cuff
Put my sleeve was around my top arm
Ideally you should pull all your arm through and not put your sleeve around the top arm
But again, high blood pressure is never diagnosed on a single reading
You will require multiple readings to confirm this high reading, even if it was truly high.
Ok, I will try to take it again when I'm not tense and my sleeve rolled up all the way
Just to ask though - if those numbers are correct, were they high?
Yes if they were correct these numbers are high
What numbers are the normal range?
Blood pressure up to 140/90 is normal.
Above that is high
Your systolic blood pressure i.e. the upper part was high
so 77 is low?
lower part was ok
77 is not low
It is normal
ok, so it was the 188 that was high?
128 heart beat suggests to me that you were tense.
and were anxious
128 is a high pulse rate
So you were certainly anxious which is what most likely caused the high reading.
I see, yes I think my heart rate is about 70/80 per minute - is that normal?
Yes that is normal.
okay, thank you for your help
You should check your blood pressure when your heart rate is normal.
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