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ymotley26 posted:
My husband has hypertension and is on medication for it, today he went to the Dr.s and his b/p was down to 120 which was low for him especially since he was just at a Dr appt two days ago and it was @ 180, I asked the dr why she only pumped the cuff to 180 she responded and said because his blood pressure has been ranging 120 the last couple of visits she immediately got defensive and said I she didn't appreciate me questioning her medical opinion, my question is isn't the cuff usually pumped up to 200 especially when the person has hypertension no matter if there reading where normal on previous visits because it should be monitored especially when there on medication? Or was I wrong for being my husbands voice?
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billh99 responded:
1. Yes you (and/or ) your husband should be proactive about their health and ask questions for anything that is not understood.

And that includes asking about any changes in meds. What i9s the purpose of this meds, how does it work, how soon does it work, what are common side effects, and any special ways of taking it (such as only at meals, or without milk, etc).

2. I don't know the "tone" in which you ask the question, but it is reasonable question.

Blood pressure is check by pumping up the pressure until no sounds are heard and a little about that. Then the pressure is slowly released and the point at which the sound is first heard again is the systolic are first number. Then pressure is continued to be reduced until the heart beat sound goes away. That point diastolic pressure.

This Youtube video shows how BP is measure. But note that in practice the measurements are typically not as detailed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJoP4eq--Hg


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