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Do you take your own blood pressure?

13Yes, I take my own blood pressure.
8No, I do not take my own blood pressure.
3I used to take my own blood pressure but I no longer do it.
1I have soemthing else to share.

Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 29-Nov-2014 10:34am  
I have taken my own blood pressure at work. I don't think I've checked it since my GP job, which was almost a year ago now. It usually runs at about 100 - 110 systolic, but my resting heart rate is a lot higher than it should be, so my BP would probably drop if my heart rate was more appropriate for my age and fitness level. I keep meaning to do an ECG on myself.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 29-Nov-2014 12:23pm  
RainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 29-Nov-2014 12:42pm  
No. I've never had my blood pressure checked.
This is something that can be done for free at any pharmacy here, and I live within walking distance of 3 pharmacies, so I really should get it checked out. I just haven't bothered to yet.
posted 29-Nov-2014 1:34pm  
Yes, on Wednesday mornings. It has been creeping up. I need to make an appointment to see a doctor and probably get on drugs for high blood pressure.
posted 29-Nov-2014 3:42pm  
Absolutely not, I'm so horribly squeamish I've only ever had my blood pressure taken twice in literally decades, and on the last successful occasion, I freaked out badly. The good news being my blood pressure is low to normal: It's always been on the low side. A subsequent attempt had to be abandoned. On the other hand, I'm OK having blood taken (I've no option), but even at that, I get all panicky.
posted 29-Nov-2014 3:52pm  
No the nurse does this at the clinic
LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 29-Nov-2014 5:12pm  
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 29-Nov-2014 5:30pm  
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to CarlHalling) posted 29-Nov-2014 5:32pm  
It is a very unpleasant feeling.
posted 29-Nov-2014 5:48pm  
I have done. It's not a regular thing.
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 29-Nov-2014 7:09pm  
Yes, I can and I do sometimes. I have a monitor and should watch it more closely. I take medication twice daily for high bp and should probably be on something a little stronger.
posted 29-Nov-2014 9:07pm  
Only when I go to a drugstore and have time to spare.
(reply to Biggles) posted 30-Nov-2014 12:19am  
It certainly is, Biggles, as soon as that thing is wrapped around my arm, I start feeling sickly.
posted 30-Nov-2014 3:43am  
I have a very good blood pressure machine, but rarely take it.
posted 1-Dec-2014 5:43am  
Yes if not daily then every other day.
(reply to CarlHalling) posted 1-Dec-2014 5:46am  
I don't get it Carl, it is just a bit of a squeeze on the upper arm for a couple minutes.
(reply to Lysannus) posted 1-Dec-2014 2:03pm  
I know what you are saying, Lysannus, but it's not the squeeze that fills me with dread, it's the thought of what's being monitored. Such is the irrational nature of squeamishness.
(reply to CarlHalling) posted 2-Dec-2014 4:21am  
Ah ok. Not the test itself but the underlying item being tested, got it.
(reply to Lysannus) posted 2-Dec-2014 9:48am  
That's right; the thought, the feel of what's happening...if the cloth were wrapped around, say, my hand I'd be fine: there's also an element of claustrophobia. Also, if a doctor takes my pulse with their fingers, I'm fine.
posted 3-Dec-2014 9:45am  
Yes. I take my blood pressure out to lunch on occasion.
posted 3-Dec-2014 9:48am  
When I was ill with the hyperthyroid, I took it often. It was hyper to say the least. Now I check it when I don't feel well and when it registers a high reading, I follow up with better food and nutrition choices and it comes down on it's own. It's the anger deep inside that makes it creep up, when I discovered this connection it was very helpful.
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 3-Dec-2014 12:49pm  
and the removal of any house guests? wink
posted 5-Dec-2014 12:02pm  
Does using one of those machines at the pharmacy count?
(reply to Lysannus) posted 6-Dec-2014 8:35am  
Oh dear god... I have a story... I'm mustering the strength and looking for words to tell it wince
paulyw Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to Zang) posted 9-Dec-2014 10:38am  
Yes, you can count that, That is usually how I take my own blood pressure
(reply to paulyw) posted 13-Dec-2014 12:30pm  
I've done that a few times. Mine is pretty normal/healthy.
posted 13-Dec-2015 5:06pm  
On most days...
posted 30-Dec-2015 4:34am  
ElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Feb-2016 8:38pm  

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