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Hello,
I just had an appointment with my Doctor (GP) and while I was in the waiting room I checked my own blood pressure, with the electric machine.
I did this out of curiosity, I do not feel any problems with my chest.
I did not discuss the results with my Doctor, as I made the appointment for something else.
I would like to please understand the blood pressure results, this is how it was printed:
SYS DIA PUL
188 77 128
[mmHg] [b P m]
I did have a thick sweater on, and rolled it up to my elbow - the machine tightened around 3/4 of my arm, from the wrist up. But from my elbow up I had my rolled up sweater - I don't know if this makes a difference.
I am 23 year old and overweight.
I have recently started doing regular walking for exercise, in the last month.
I have never had any history of heart problems.
I do not have any family history of heart conditions.
I do sometimes get palpitations, usually with stress/anxiety or exercise.
Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

Thank you

Dr. Shahzad MD :

welcome

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So did you check your blood pressure again?

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

I forgot to mention, I am female - if that makes a difference

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Or was that the only time?

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

No, this was the only time

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you have a blood pressure machine at home?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Were you anxious at the time your blood pressure was checked?

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

I don't have a blood pressure machine at home

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

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

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Actually a blood pressure reading is ideally taken when one is not stressed or anxious or tense.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

A false reading can also happen if you did not use the apparatus correctly.

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

Ok, I can try and take it again when I'm less tense

Dr. Shahzad MD :

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.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I would recommend that you get yourself a machine.

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

If I have my sleeve rolled up would that make a difference?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

They are available in all pharmacies.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Did you apply the cuff on the sleeve?

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

the machine showed to put all your arm through - so the machine tightened from my wrist to the middle of my top arm

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

It wasn't a cuff

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

Put my sleeve was around my top arm

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Ideally you should pull all your arm through and not put your sleeve around the top arm

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But again, high blood pressure is never diagnosed on a single reading

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You will require multiple readings to confirm this high reading, even if it was truly high.

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

Ok, I will try to take it again when I'm not tense and my sleeve rolled up all the way

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

Just to ask though - if those numbers are correct, were they high?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes if they were correct these numbers are high

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

What numbers are the normal range?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Blood pressure up to 140/90 is normal.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Above that is high

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Your systolic blood pressure i.e. the upper part was high

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

so 77 is low?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

lower part was ok

Dr. Shahzad MD :

77 is not low

Dr. Shahzad MD :

It is normal

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

ok, so it was the 188 that was high?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

128 heart beat suggests to me that you were tense.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

and were anxious

Dr. Shahzad MD :

128 is a high pulse rate

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So you were certainly anxious which is what most likely caused the high reading.

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

I see, yes I think my heart rate is about 70/80 per minute - is that normal?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes that is normal.

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

usually

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

okay, thank you for your help

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You should check your blood pressure when your heart rate is normal.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You are most welcome
Wish you all the best.
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JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

ok, thank you

JACUSTOMER-7u8v39rj- :

All the best

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You too :)

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