Feeling dizzy or lightheaded? Have you recently been diagnosed with hypertension and are taking medicines to treat it? Retake your blood pressure! Better yet, let a professional nurse take it with a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer, note your blood pressure. An average blood pressure will be between 120 and 80. A blood pressure reading more than the depicted period may lead your doctor to identify you with the ICD-10 (I10) payment code for HYPERTENSION. My concern is a two-fold question; did the person conducting the test use an automated machine, and was the person using the right procedure? It’s not a mystery or unknown that some technicians can do their work differently than others. It is something that worries me.
The technique is utilized to take a blood pressure. The device used is essential. The reason I state this is because the automatic machines will give you a false reading versus an sphygmomanometer or a stethoscope. With a sphygmomanometer as well as a steth technicians are able to auscultate or listen for the first “thump”, that is the systolic count that indicates the vessel is beginning to open , and pressure against the vessel’s walls can be determined when the heart beats. The last “thump” is the diagnostic number. It indicates that the vessel is open and blood pressure can be measured during the time the heart rests between beats. The result is a reading of diastolic versus systolic. This can be used to identify a person’s blood pressure. The diagnosis of hypertension, hypo tension or normal will be more accurate by using an Steroscope. I believe using this approach is far more dependable and should be used to detect rather than using an automated machine.
Automated blood pressure machines: Automatic machines are reliable if the base (by employing a device called a Stethoscope and the sphygmomanometer) of an individual’s pressure is established and, if not, there is an ambiguity with the measurement. Automatic machines offer a ‘quick rapid, quick, and in an instant’ reading that could be accurate but is more often , inaccurate. Certain automatic devices may give more accurate readings than others. The majority don’t even read the same on the same user using the same arm at the same time. I haven’t studied the machines, but I’ve been a into the hands of an automated machine at my doctor’s office. In a nutshell, the use of automatic machine for blood pressure… their readings can be false and shouldn’t be used for diagnosing particularly those that are used for wrists.
I’m sure someone is saying, “well the machines are utilized in hospitals daily therefore they must be quite reliable”. Right! The machines that are used in hospitals as well as other acute care facilities don’t have as good as the ones used in doctors’ office and clinics. Let me assure you that I’m not telling not to trust the machines, but I’m suggesting you learn more about your blood pressure and the way it was measured in various capacities.
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Technique: The technique of a healthcare professional should be scrutinized and punished whether it is an automated device or the standard method. For instance blood pressures shouldn’t be taken with bulky sleeves due to clothing. The cuff should be fitted snugly and not loose or tight. The air tubing made of rubber should be placed in the antecubital location and not in the back or elsewhere. By way of the auscultation and the bell of the stethoscope needs to be put close to the air tube also. For the best accuracy in auscultation using a stethoscope space should be kept quiet.
My experience: In 2013, my doctor diagnosed me with hypertension. I was skeptical. I checked my blood pressure frequently over about six months and , sure enough that a high reading was not reported. So, I stop taking the medication. In the meantime, I had taken a small amount of Lisinopril. This made me cough until death. By the way, the coughing stopped about two weeks of discontinuing the Lisinopril. It was the most painful experience ever! We’re sorry, but the people who live there need to be aware.
I was back at the doctor’s offices for the appointment of a diabetes patient and observed the procedure of the office assistant who took my blood pressure and read something like high. Well, the technique was not correct and I couldn’t believe the result. The doctor asked if I had taken my BP medication and I replied”no’ because I don’t suffer from high blood pressure’. He then began to look to see what the reading was on the day, and reassured me I suffered from hypertension. He requested that I take the medications needed to reduce it or make it normal. I replied, “OK” but did not intend of taking the medicine. I checked my BP by the help of a nurse (my personal nurse) who was using the sphygmomanometer and stethoscope. My pressure read 122/84 (ishes) without taking any medications. My baseline reading is textbook (120/80). I knew this.
On the following visit, I noticed that the technician was using the automatic machine and cuff wrong again and my blood pressure was high once more. At the when I visited, the doctor decided to send the patient to see a doctor to receive diabetic education and stabilization. The first time I visited the office assistant took my blood pressure using a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer and it read fairly normal. The doctor arrived and said ‘well, I don’t believe you’re suffering from high blood pressure. But keep an eye on it and notify us if it is higher than 140. I said sure.
It was a year or two, with normal pressures recorded every three months until one time it was high even with conventional equipment however, I’m unable to recall the method.
It was high and my doctor recommended for me to take 50mg of Losartan once a day. I was required to take my first dose during the eve of a vacation so I didn’t have the ability to monitor my blood pressure before I had taken it. I was driving home from Arkansas and realized I couldn’t feel the pavement while I drove; I was lightheaded and dizzy and had to stop at the rest stop in order to relax until the lightheadedness and dizziness abated, lasting for nearly an hour. I was certain that I had not been suffering from high blood pressure. However, I was weak and ineffective because I’d used an antihypertensive drug in a way that was not necessary and decided to stop taking further Losartan until I went to the doctor again.
On the following visit, my husband joined me for a yearly physical at the office of the doctor where the nurse’s assistant is using an automatic machine. His blood pressure is never high. After seeing his doctor in the same office staff the doctor informed him that his blood pressure needed to be monitored since it read high. Why? because the office helper medical assistant, nurse’s aide or even a nursing assistant took his blood pressure in the wrong way? I’m sure she did, because the same person tested mine and it read high, too. I was shocked thinking that this can’t be really happening. I thought, “is this what’s going all over the world? maybe just this country for drug or financial greed?” I was wondering, “do I need to educate the public on the amorality of having blood pressures checked?” I thought, “do I blow the whistle to all insurance companies that pay for these cockamamie medical diagnoses of hypertension, and also the drugs?”. The warm portion of my heart, which is also the largest part of my heart prompted me to write about my experience since this may be happening more frequently than is necessary and the public should be aware.
It’s not just a ridiculous notion. It’s more authentic as the footsteps of Sasquatch which I’ve not seen but it seems that others have. The people who are experiencing similar experiences will be thinking about their experiences and hopefully shed some light to the cause of public awareness.
Healthcare professionals are generally in a hurry. Check that your blood pressure is accurately measured prior to taking anti-hypertension medications. There is a chance that the technique used to check your blood pressure is faulty and you need to be aware. Insurance companies must also be aware. Short-cuts should never be allowed when diagnosing patients with any condition. Automated blood pressure machines is definitely short-cut. The traditional stethoscope or sphygomanometer are always able to give you the most accurate reading.
Talk to your physician if are diagnosed recently and are experiencing dizziness or lightheadedness.
The medical profession doesn’t do any harm to anyone, but it does employ shortcuts. As HYPERTENSION is still regarded as ‘The silent killer’ It is important to be aware of not only our bodies as it changes but also other facets that may be a contributing factor or detracting our homeostasis.