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Tips on checking blood pressure at home - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   I just checked my blood pressure at home and it was 164 / 90. I know that is high. Should I do anything? I checked my BP because I was having palpitations.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   was it an electronic bp machine ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   how many reading did you take ?
User :   I was recently at the doctors office twice and it was 150 /100
User :   one
Doctor :   when it was 150/100 what did the doctor advise you ?
User :   to see my primary care doctor. I am doing that tomorrow.
Doctor :   what was the pulse rate?
User :   69
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it is only the systolic pressure which is showing high
User :   yes
Doctor :   just relax for 5 minutes and take one more reading it will show a lesser value
Doctor :   since you had higher readings at the doctors office you need an observation for some days
User :   ok - is there anything I need to do right now?
Doctor :   it is not high for you to panic at all
User :   ok - that was my concern...
Doctor :   just lie down and close your eyes and be in the relaxed state
Doctor :   for 5 minutes
Doctor :   the pressure will come down
User :   ok, great. Thank you...
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   bye
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