I’m 66, a little overweight, and went for my annual ‘MOT’ at my GP surgery today.
I’ve been under treatment for high blood pressure for around the last 20 years, during most of which time I’ve been prescribed Amlodipin and Irbestan which has largely kept the problem under control.
I checked myself at home yesterday afternoon and returned a level of 128/82 which I realise was not ideal, but was probably acceptable and nothing to cause any immediate concern.
The nurse checked again this morning using an almost identical machine to mine, and got a level of around 140/102, which sounded really pretty scary - especially as it returned a similar high when she checked it a few minutes later.
I was very worried by this, but when the nurse checked it again using a sphygonometer, she recorded a level almost identical to my own yesterday afternoon, and she thought the sphygonometer result was more reliable as she thinks they are a more reliable guide despite the fact that the vast majority of home users - as well as some GP clinical staff - will use the standard ‘shop sold’ machines that most of us have at home. She said she thought the first machine she used was probably faulty, but was happy to trust sphygonometer as they she finds them to be more reliable and subject to fewer faults.
Has anyone else had an experience such as this, and could anyone comment on the reliability of the sphygonometer theory?