how do i measure my bp using a digital home monter

hey guys i am 23 year old male with massive anxiety ,and i am wondering how to get my right reading from my bp machine, it is a life source all digital with pulse and irregular heart beat detection.i no i have to sit in the chair with my feet flat arm relaxed at heart level, no talking,wait 5 minuts before taking it,and not to smoke ,eat, exersize etc 30 minuts before you take it . but i am wondering a couple of docters told me you have to take 3 measurements in a sitting then add your numbers up and divide by 3 . every time i take my bp it can range from 101 to 127 over 68 to 79 thanks guys and let me no

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  • Hi,

    What is the make and model number of the home BP device? did you get an instruction manual?

    Please read the instruction manual to check you BP!

  • its a life source , easy one step blood pressure monitor ,UA613V, irregular heart beat feature.

  • I am afraid i am unable to find the above device!!, who are the manufacturers?

  • no I never got a manual but i just took my bp and it went from 116 over 68 i waited afew minuts took it again it was 98 over 67 waited again now it is 121 over 68 my puls was 74 the first time second time it was 78 third time it was 75 thank u for helping me i cant get a straight answer out of my docters

  • You can Google to get better understanding, understanding the reading is a "specialist" job! This is main reason the doctors are unable to give an answer.

    Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this:

    Read as "117 over 76 millimeters of mercury" Systolic

    The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).


    The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).

    Below numbers are guideline only.

    Blood Pressure

    CategorySystolic mm Hg (upper #) Diastolic mm Hg (lower #)


    less than 120andless than 80

    Prehypertension120 – 139or80 – 89

    High Blood Pressure

    (Hypertension) Stage 1140 – 159or90 – 99

    High Blood Pressure

    (Hypertension) Stage 2160 or higheror100 or higher

    Hypertensive Crisis

    (Emergency care needed)Higher than 180orHigher than 110

    Check you blood pressure first thing in the morning when you get up. You also should record all the reading you take

    date, time and before or after food intake or drinks or any activity.

  • ok thank u and I checked It in the morning when I get up and it is 131 over 79 the first time . second time is 123 over 74 and third time is 116 over 71 pulse ranges from 75 to 90 bpm

  • You are 23 and full of anxiety???? Why???? Stress is one of the major causes of BP fluctuations - Drs are well aware of the "white coat" syndrome when patients going to their Surgeries show elevated BP because of the stress of being at the Drs!!!!! Why so worried? Do you have health issues??? If so, see your GP for advice, if not, try to stop worrying!!! Your BP can fluctuate from minute to minute depending on whether or not you are standing, sitting, lying down, even breathing!! Your figures that you quote are well within normal parameters and will vary between these figures regularly!! Have you thought of trying some of the very good stress busting exercise regimes, such as yoga, pilates or Tai Chi? These help with your breathing and enable you to control your stress and thus lower your BP and regulate its pattern. Best Wishes

  • my dad had a heart attack in march blocked artery on right side and have not been the same since like any little thing can set off a panic attack.i am very dizzy in the morning. I lay there for about a half an hour before I can get up . I check my pulse when im laying in the bed just after waking up and its 58 to 64 bpm then when I get up and check it half an hour later its any were from 70 to 111 bpm and when I sit down and take my bp . I take it 3 times in a sitting,first one is usally anywhere from 111 to 130 over 68 to 80 second time is any where from 84 to 93 over 59 to 68 and the third time is 98 to 117 over 66 to 78 and I have no health problems that I no of I have been to three different hospitals and 9 different docters and they all tell me it is anxiety,and its messed up cause when I have a full blown anxiety attack my heat races like crazy I get very very shakey ,feels like the air has been sucked out of my lungs and my penis goes right small but very hard to touch cant bend it or nothing .I have constant symptoms all day like dizzy, short of breath often,and very tired all the time. its like my anxiety left for about a week and a half I felt great then came back 2 days ago .and thanks for your reply I will have to try some relaxation methods

  • Sounds like your getting yourself stressed out.You need to find a way to stop worrying about your health.The readings will fluctuate depending on external factors.So don't worry about one reading and correlate 3 readings together to give you an average.Going by the readings you have given and evaluating the stress you are experiencing i would say you seem to be in relatively good health as far as your cardiovascular system goes.So get on and enjoy your life.

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