7 Easy Mistakes Could Alter Blood Pressure Readings

7 Easy Mistakes Could Alter Blood Pressure Readings


CHOLESTEROL, BUT WE ALSO CONTAIN PROTEIN AND VITAMINS. IT’S MAY AND THAT MEANS AT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS MONTH. DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WHEN THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE IT. SUSAN IS HERE TO EXPLAIN WHAT’S GOING ON. THERE ARE SEVEN COMMON MISTAKES THAT ARE BEING MADE WHEN PATIENTS GET THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE TAKEN. FOR EXAMPLE, CROSSING HER LEGS, A CUFF THAT’S TOO SMALL, EVEN TALKING CAN ALL LEAD TO HIGHER READINGS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDICINE ONCE A DAY, DO YOU? YES MA’AM. NURSE SONDRA IS MAKING THE ROUNDS. EVERYONE IS REALLY NERVOUS WHEN THEY COME TO GET THE BLOOD PRESSURE TAKEN. IT’S A GOOD THING SHE CHECKED THE BLOOD PRESSURE OF ANNA SMITH. HER BLOOD PRESSURE WAS HIGH. THEY STARTED TREATING ME FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. AFTER BEING A NURSE FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES, SANDRA KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE, DON’T DRINK COFFEE WITH CAFFEINE, BOTH FEET FLAT ON THE FLOOR, I POSITIONED THEIR ARM WHERE THE CUFF IS TO THE LEVEL OF THEIR HEART. IF YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, PLEASE GO, SO YOU HAVE AN EMPTY BLADDER, BASICALLY SIT AND RELAX. HYPERTENSION GUIDELINES RECENTLY CHANGED. A READING OF 130/90 OR GREATER, IS NOW CONSIDERED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. BUT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT IF LED PRESSURE IS NOT TAKEN CORRECTLY, THOSE NUMBERS CAN BE FALSELY ELEVATED. WE SET UP A BLOOD PRESSURE BOOTH THAT TESTED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ABILITY TO PROPERLY TAKE A BLOOD PRESSURE. WHAT WAS INTERESTING, WAS THAT ONLY THREE OUT OF 30 PARTICIPANTS COULD PROPERLY TAKE A BLOOD PRESSURE. DR. SHAWN STOCKER IS A HYPERTENSION RESEARCHER. HE SHOWED US THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF GETTING YOUR PRESSURE TAKEN. DO NOT LET YOUR FEET OR ARMS DANGLE, AND DON’T SLOUCH. SO EVERYTHING THAT I’M DOING RIGHT NOW IS WRONG? YES, INCLUDING TALKING TO ME. SO SIMPLY TALKING OR USING YOUR CELL PHONE CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE HER BLOOD PRESSURE 10 TO 15 POINTS BY ITSELF. DON’T SMOKE, EXERCISE OR DRINK CAFFEINE BEFORE YOUR MEASUREMENT. YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR FEET FLAT ON THE FLOOR, SIT UP STRAIGHT IN A CHAIR, WITH YOUR ARM ELEVATED TO HEART LEVEL. AND NOTICE, I TOOK OFF MY JACKET. WE WANT THE CUFF INDIRECT CONTACT WITH HER ARM. WRAPPING THE CUFF OVER CLOTHING CAN ADD AT LEAST FIVE POINTS TO YOUR READING. YOU MIGHT BE PRESCRIBED DRUGS THAT YOU REALLY DON’T NEED. THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED WHITECOAT SYNDROME. 30% OF PATIENTS WILL HAVE INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE JUST BECAUSE A DOCTOR OR A NURSE IS IN THE ROOM. YOU SHOULD ALSO HAVE YOUR PRESSURE TESTED IN BOTH ARMS, AND, IF YOU TAKE YOUR PRESSURE AT HOME, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BRING THAT CUFF WITH YOU TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE TO MAKE SURE IT’S GETTING AN ACCURATE READING AS WELL. THIS IS SO MUCH INTERESTING INFORMATION. OKAY, SO HOW WAS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? USUALLY IS 120/70, I’M ALWAYS THE PERSON WHO’S TALKING AND DANGLING MY ARMS AND KICKING MY FEET, SO WHEN THEY ACTUALLY HAD ME SIT IN THE PROPER POSITION, AND THEY USED A MACHINE, NOT A HUMAN TO TAKE MY BLOOD PRESSURE, IT WAS 106/63. SO IT WAS LESS. AND, WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, IF YOU GO TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND THEY ARE NOT TAKING IT THE RIGHT WAY, BASED ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, YOU MAY HAVE TO HAVE THAT UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATION AND SAY, SUSAN

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