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How should I go about finding whose numbers are correct?



My blood pressure was always pretty normal until my last doctors visit. They measured 153 and 83, high. I got myself a cuff and started playing around. I found that by breathing very deeply before and during the test I could lower my systolic to 120. If I exercised vigorously half hour before the test I could lower it to 105.

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The position of your arm is important when taking a BP. If you notice, when they take your BP at the Doctor’s office, they hold your arm straight out, just slightly above you heart. If you arm is lower there is a corresponding increase in the systolic number - I can’t remember the equation for figuring out how much, but it is online somewhere. When I exercise my BP increases, primarily because my heart rate is increasing… Good luck, I hope you find an answer.