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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Are in store BP machines accurate ?

Over the past month or so, I ve probably had my blood pressure checked 4 times by various doctors for various purposes. Out of those four doctors, only one mentioned that my blood pressure was a little high but it was my first time meeting her so we assumed I was nervous (which I was). So today, I was waiting for prescriptions at the pharmacy and decided to check my bp with their machine. The reading was something terrible like 144/94 or something! Should I be concerned about this? I work out nearly every day, I am 2 lbs away from a healthy body mass index, I don t eat junk, I don t smoke, etc.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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My dr said they are terribly inaccurate, spend about $30 bucks on an old fashioned blood pressure cuff with the stethoscope, not the digital kind, they are not all that accurate either. It's super easy to take at home and take it the same time every day and see what your average is. If it's normal all the time, then it could be from activity or nervousness.
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