I asked this question before, but I did not get any response from a health care professional, so here I go again. We have a home BP device, and we try to measure our BP daily, but the results are not always the same. I can take my BP 5 times in a row, one immediately after the other and get a wide variance of readings. I am thinking that I am wasting my time. Are there any suggestions? Thanks, Bob BurnsView Thread
I have been on a low sodium diet for a month or so, and the hardest part for me is not using the salt shaker in eating and cooking, so I am looking for a salt substitute. Some of the better tasting ones contain potassium chloride. Is this ingredient harmful in any way? I have heard and read rumors about it, so I don't know what to believe. Please advise. Bob Burns View Thread
I have an OMRON BP machine. Very happy with it. I have done some research on BP monitors, and what I found was that none of them seem to be consistent from reading to reading, nor do all of them agree with BPs taken by a doctor or nurse. I think the only thing they are good for is to keep track of your progress or regress.
I have an OMRON BP machine. Very happy with it. Have you checked its accuracy? Have you compared it to your doctor's BP reading? Have you taken several readings in a row and compared the readings? Can it be set to take more than one measurement, or is it set at only one? I am trying to see if another brand of BP machine is more reliable than mine is why I'm asking. Bob
Potassium is important electrolyte in the body. Yes, but it there a difference between potassium and potassium chloride? That is my main concern.
And there is some their that in with the SAD (standard American diet) that the problem is not too much sodium, but not enough potassium in the diet. Lots of different opinions out there, but the major conclusion is that sodium is a major cause of hypertension. Potassium does combat HPB though.There are other causes I guess, like heredity and other medical conditions.Stress too.
So in that aspect potassium "salt" might be good. Potassium yes. Potassium chloride ?.
However, some BP meds cause the body to excrete potassium and those extra potassium would be good. My doctor is having me fight my HBP with a low sodium diet to see if it works before he prescribes meds.
wish I could give you an educated reply but I do know a lot of people who use Mrs. Dash to replace salt. I was thinking about using Mrs. Dash, but I am concerned about the benefits or harmful effects of potassium chloride.
I'm a salt freak, however, a medication I take depletes my body of sodium and whenever I have blood work done my sodium levels are always in the very low normal range. I think humans, and probably animals crave salt, and food manufacturers know this, and load their products with sodium.It does enhance flavor. Salt free potato chips suck.
I have finally lost enough weight to get off blood pressure medication and my bp is usually around 120 or lower over 70 or lower. On rare occasions it goes up into the 130's/80's. I do know that our bp does fluctuare throughout the day. As long as my doctor is happy and not worried then so am I. I have a home PB machine, but I do not trust it. It gives very different readings from one reading to the next taken immediately after the other.
Good luck finding a salt substitute that you like. We got some Table Tasty salt substitute which has no "bad" stuff in it. I'm not convinced that it can replace salt, but it made a good rub for BBQ'd pork steaks.View Thread
Keep a spreadsheet....bp same time of day/location/position. In a separate column note any specifics such as "I was stressed when I took BP" etc. I have no idea what a spreadsheet is, but I have been writing my readings on a sheet of paper for the last month or so.
I have an OMRON BP machine. Very happy with it. Have you tried different ways to take your readings? Like taking them set at one time, then taking them set to three times? What about taking them 5 times in a row very quickly? I have found big differences between readings doing these things. My machine is a Microlife. Bob View Thread
Good idea to contact Mfr. What brand do you have? Are you consistent about the TIME OF DAY and HOW you take BP. Arm should be level with heart (I usually sit on commode and rest arm on bathroom sink. I have written an e-mail to the manufacturer, but I have not received a reply yet, but it early Monday morning. I try to be consistent as I can. I can take a reading, and take another one immediately after it, and I will get a vastly different reading. I won't say what the brand name is unless I don't get satisfaction from them. I will keep you all updated. Thanks for the reply. Bob Burns.View Thread