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
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
There is some natural variation from reading to reading. That is why many home machines have an option to take 3 measurements in a row and report the average. With my machine I can choose to take three readings, and there is sometimes a great difference between taking it once and three times both readings taken right after the other.
Also many things will affect the measurements such as moving or talking. I do remain still during the readings.
Also certain heart rate patterns will confuse the home level machines. I have PVC, and the monitor has shown that only once in about 45 times. But, the same thing happens to my wife, so I eliminated my PVC.
Call you doctors office and make an appointment to meet with a Nurse. Bring you machine and have it compared with their measurements. I did this, and the readings were 15 points difference for the systolic, and about 10 for the diastolic.
I am going to contact the manufacturer with some questions. Bob View Thread
Some professional machines that are used for research will take upto 6 measurements. It ignores the 1st one and then averages the next 5 ones. I am not sure how mine works.I'll have to check it out.
Also certain heart rate patterns will confuse the home level machines. I have PVC, and the machine will detect it rarely.
Call you doctors office and make an appointment to meet with a Nurse. Bring you machine and have it compared with their measurements. Good idea. I have a doctor's appointment next week. Thanks for the reply. Bob View Thread
How accurate are home blood pressure contraptions? My wife and I have been having hypertension problems, and one thing our doctor wanted is to monitor our BP daily. The machine we bought seems to be erratic. For instance, this morning my first reading was 147/74, and as soon as that was done I did it again and it was 136/67. For something that is so important for our health I have bad feelings about using the thing. Any thoughts? Thanks, Bob burnsView Thread