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    hypertension test at walmart
    stevenjack23 posted:
    took the arm band test at walmart other day, it said im prehypertension on systolic and hypertension stage 2 i think. are the walmart machines fairly accurate ?
    billh99 responded:
    prehypertension on systolic and hypertension stage 2

    The hypertensive stage is defined by one whichever reading is in the highest stage.

    The design of those machines is reasonably accurate. But you have no way of knowing when that one was last checked and if it is functioning properly. Also some people have heart beat patterns can confuse the machine.

    Hypertension is officially defined by measuring high at least different times in the doctors office in the US. In Britain they are starting to do ambulatory monitor for 24 hrs to find the true blood pressure.

    Blood pressure does vary over the day and it can be effected by a number of items. That can include stress, having just exercised (lowers it), having recently eating, having a cold, having muscle or joint pains.

    So try it again, preferable at a different store. Many drug stores have them.

    If it is high the 2nd time then make an appointment with a doctor. If it is normal check again in a month.
    Mikeko responded:
    I can not assess the accuracy of public bp measurement devices, but you should be aware that there are three major (3) things that can effect accuracy: the device itself, the state of your physical body during a bp measurement and the techniques used in the bp measurement process.

    First of all, purchase an Upper Arm personal bp monitor since the measurement location is closer to the heart. Public bp monitors are always questionable with respect to device accuracy ... best to purchase you own!

    Second, read and follow allbp measurement instructions in the user's manual, especially with respect to cuff placement.

    Third, please, please use Resting bp Procedures to allow your body to reach baseline or as low as it can go! Resting bp procedures are in your user' manual and on the web.

    Forth, mesure you bp at least 10 times, using Resting bp procedures with proper cuff placement. Then average the results to obtain a good estimate of your bp.

    When a healthcare provider checks your bp during an average MD office visit, it is just a screning test. To obtain definitive results, follow the suggestions provided above,

    Good luck!

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