high blood pressure?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by crazyeyes, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. crazyeyes

    crazyeyes New Member

    I Have been looking into the proper way of taking blood pressure after I took my dot physical and was told my blood pressure was high. I started taking my own blood pressure and found out that it is normal (maybe a little high) . Your arm position during the test is very important . Your arm should be resting on a table. If your arm is not you will get a bad reading. My B.P. is 127/76 when my arm is resting on a table as in the web site. When I am seated and my arm is straight down it is 144/93. The numbers very about 20 points, between arm resting on and table and arm straight down. I also took my wife’s B.P. and hers very about 10 points. I got a 1 year card because I believe the Doctor took the B.P. wrong.
    Next time you get a Physical , watch out for this…… DISCALIMER I am not a doctor just a dumb driver
    Next time Doctor crazy- eyes will study the effects of florescent lighting when you are reading an eye chart.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2007
  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Taken at home, my BP is always lower than in the doctor's office.....no matter what position the arm is in. It's called "white coat syndrome".

    Maybe keeping a record of your BP readings for the year will help next time.
  3. SimpleUPSer

    SimpleUPSer Member

    A couple of other items to note with BP readings.

    It can vary by arm. My left arm has lower readings than my right.

    There are different size BP cuffs. They will affect your reading by as much as 20 points. If your BP is taken consistently with the same size cuff it will give you more accurate trends.

    I make sure to specify my cuff size (large) when I happen to vist my doctor.

    My BP is probably lower when I am not at work :funny:
  4. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    you are correct about the cuff size affecting your reading. Same thing happens with me.
  5. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I find it's much lower when I have them wrap the cuff around my ankle....
  6. chevydog66

    chevydog66 New Member

    Cold medicine can also temporarily increase your blood pressure.
  7. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    As can sex.
  8. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    .............or so Ive heard.
  9. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Maybe you should try it since obviously you don't have enough to do since you are digging up 6 year old post.
  10. Gumby

    Gumby *

    did you hear? first hand or second hand??
  11. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I'd be happy if I could watch.....
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    When I had my last DOT I mistakenly had two cups of coffee before going. My systolic (top number) was well over 140. The nurse was kind enough to finish the rest of the exam and re-take my BP----the systolic had dropped 20 points just in the half hour that I was there.

    Cough medicine can raise your BP.

    Using the wrong size cuff with your arm in the wrong position can also raise your BP.

    The free BP readers at pharmacies are not accurate.

    Our safety person will occasionally bring in our local EMS to take blood pressures----some of the readings they get are off the chart.

    Taking an extended break from Brown Café will lower your blood pressure. : )
  13. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Weird bump lol

    I have high bp & on meds so they gave me a 1 year card.
  14. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Worst Mod Ever Staff Member

    The doctor always tells the nurse to get the elephant cuff for me.
    ​It does make a difference.
  15. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Have you ever wondered if the smaller cuff is right?

    Next time I go to the doc in a box, and he says my BP is high, should I ask for a bigger cuff knowing this will produce a lesser BP?

    I mean, really, which is right?
  16. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    White coat fever. Seriously a 5 yr old could perform our DOT.. They have put it on over my shirt sleeve, tried to take it while standing....that makes it higher. I know mine is right around 128/78. Yet when I go there its close to border. When I have gone to my own doc, even after a car accident, it was a little higher, but I sat there and relaxed a minute, it went down. You need to know if it is, but a bogus reading is just cause for more meds, and doc visits that are not necessary. I dont like doc offices.
  17. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I lost 55 lbs and my blood pressure dropped to the point that I no longer need BP meds. 2 year card for me again.
  18. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    My BP was borderline high but has dropped nicely since I retired. Also, when they do a fasting blood sugar on you that will raise your BP when they check it. I had that happen a couple of years ago.
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Placing the cuff over your shirt sleeve should not make a difference.
  20. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    BP will probably be slightly higher if they check left arm vs right but I don't think over shirt should matter except to maybe make it more likely to not get a good reading so need to check again.