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symptoms of abnormal blood pressure? can u successfully take your own blood presure?

i am getting sick. or something. if it was abnormally high or low how would i feel? (yes in bot cases) i'm shaky, breathing feels weird... like something (something light) is on my chest..? idk. idk i might be getting the flu... which would be a total nightmare right now. or it could be blood pressure? i am very tired right now. if i didnt know i was pregnant i would suspect that i was .. i hope this makes sense! thank you

 
MoMoFu

Asked by MoMoFu at 12:55 AM on Aug. 20, 2010 in Health

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  • You can take your blood pressure at any pharmacy/store where they have a monitor machine. Or, you can purchase a monirot at any pharmacy to keep at home.

    You can go on to WebMD.com for information on blood pressure.

    Take care.
    AdrianaS

    Answer by AdrianaS at 12:57 AM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • i have what i need to take my BP at home. kind of out of sorts atm... :| Ha webmd .. i 4got about the almight webmd. lol so tired. idk guys :|

    thank you adriana
    MoMoFu

    Comment by MoMoFu (original poster) at 1:01 AM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • Sure you can take your own blood pressure if you have the equipment!

    Wrap the BP cuff around your left bicep, with the pressure gauge facing you, and the bulb resting in your lap.

    Put the stethoscope in your ears, and the disk in the crux of your arm--bend you arm to keep the disk in place, but place it in your lap to keep the muscles relaxed.

    Squeeze the bulb until you can barely squeeze it any more.

    With your thumb and index finger, slowly turn the air lock valve on the bulb, releasing the air in the cuff, and watch the needle on the pressure gauge while listening for the first "heart beat" That is your systolic pressure (the bigger/top number).

    Keep watching and listening until the needle stops bouncing and you can no longer hear your heart beat--that is your diastolic number (the smaller/bottom number).

    Average normal blood pressure for adults in 120/80. Borderline Hypertension is 145/90.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:38 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

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