My story is one of being an outlier – as in hard to measure – and feeling accused in error repeatedly.
It is not about my being nervous, although I am super aggravated to see the problem repeat, which probably doesn’t help.
Get ridiculous readings (like 200 plus) on automated machines, and only a bit better on manual reads with an unskilled listener. But I go to my cardiologist, and its under 130 routinely, normal even with the new guidelines. People don’t believe me unless they see the results drop like 80 points in under a minute which makes it clear I am not making it up.
My cardiologist is flummoxed too, says it may be stiffimess of aging in small vessels which makes it hard to characterize. Meanwhile I have to fight off folks who think I might be stroking out when I feel entirely fine.
All ideas for handling this are welcome.