Blood Pressure Measurement

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Heard of Google? If not, try Googling it. :unsure:

But yeah, BP can be taken while lying down. This happens often when one is hospitalized, bed-ridden and cannot take a sitting or standing BP. Measurements taken in a supine position (lying down) should normally be expected to be lower than sitting or standing BP readings.

So, if you are taking supine BP measurements, do not compare them to sitting or standing measurements. And do not take them right after changing positions (an Up position to a supine position or vice versa).
 
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Heard of Google? If not, try Googling it. :unsure:

But yeah, BP can be taken while lying down. This happens often when one is hospitalized, bed-ridden and cannot take a sitting or standing BP. Measurements taken in a supine position (lying down) should normally be expected to be lower than sitting or standing BP readings.

So, if you are taking supine BP measurements, do not compare them to sitting or standing measurements. And do not them right after changing positions (an Up position to a supine position or vice versa).
Thank you so much for the information, so my question is between lying down and sitting number which one should be correct and record ? if I take BP in the morning lying down with 110/13 and then in the afternoon sitting with 136/93 which one should be record ? my apologies if I not understand you well.
 

yossarian

Professional
Thank you so much for the information, so my question is between lying down and sitting number which one should be correct and record ? if I take BP in the morning lying down with 110/13 and then in the afternoon sitting with 136/93 which one should be record ? my apologies if I not understand you well.
Seated at rest is the typical standard measure
 

Harry_Wild

Talk Tennis Guru
BP readings are affected by mood too, like if your are angry or depress. At least that what I been told!
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
Thank you so much for the information, so my question is between lying down and sitting number which one should be correct and record ? if I take BP in the morning lying down with 110/13 and then in the afternoon sitting with 136/93 which one should be record ? my apologies if I not understand you well.
You're changing two variables: position and time. Keep the time constant. And digesting food might impact BP also so do it before you eat.
 

jeep2008

Rookie
For one week measure your blood pressure while sitting on a chair with your back supported and the hand on the table at heart height.Three times a day is enough.Take the results to your doctor and after the examination he will advise you.Watch out for salt intake of course!
 
For one week measure your blood pressure while sitting on a chair with your back supported and the hand on the table at heart height.Three times a day is enough.Take the results to your doctor and after the examination he will advise you.Watch out for salt intake of course!
Thank you two weeks ago I am in the doctor office for my six month medication follow up the nurse told me to hop in the exam table to take my BP while my foots not flat on the ground :(:(
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
If you want to really do it right you need your blood pressure measurements WHILE YOU'RE ASLEEP. Pretty good study published a few years ago appeared to demonstrate that stroke risk correlated better with nocturnal BP measurements (subjects slept with automatic BP cuffs) than with daytime BP
 

jim e

Legend
if I take BP in the morning lying down with 110/13
I seriously doubt if your diastolic pressure is 13. If your concerns are accuracy, then your technique , and / or equipment needs some adjustments.
A low diastolic pressure is below 60.
When you take reading, keep arm at heart level for best reading.
 
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Low between 80-90 and high between 120-140 are considered normal when in rest.
In the doctor office today for BP follow up was high 156/90 second try but in the morning i checked three times 130/89-127/80-127/80 my afternoon range from 138-130/87-89 I show her my Omron chart on my phone she said could be White Coat syndrome effected my BP while I am in the office, she little concerned about the DIA number so she subscribe Losartan Potassium 25 mg to keep both number lower to the normal range.
 

jeep2008

Rookie
In the doctor office today for BP follow up was high 156/90 second try but in the morning i checked three times 130/89-127/80-127/80 my afternoon range from 138-130/87-89 I show her my Omron chart on my phone she said could be White Coat syndrome effected my BP while I am in the office, she little concerned about the DIA number so she subscribe Losartan Potassium 25 mg to keep both number lower to the normal range.
Imo your numbers don't require a pill.First try exercise,diet, walking and less salt intake.
 

Harry_Wild

Talk Tennis Guru
how many beers & shots do I need to take to have an accurate BP measurement?
or what is the minimum intake required?
Not a doctor or a certified RN, could not provided medical advice without payment and/or risk being sue for practicing medicine with a license. LOL!
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
... she little concerned about the DIA number so she subscribe Losartan Potassium 25 mg to keep both number lower to the normal range.
Instead of prescription potassium (K), how about getting extra K from oranges, bananas and other food sources? OJ has been shown to be particularly effective in lowering BP.

In addition to a high level of K, OJ also contains a flavonoid, hesperidin, that contributes to lowered blood pressure. Should go with a high-pulp OJ. While the pulp only provides slightly more fiber, its major benefit is that it has a much higher level of flavonoids / antioxidants. I will often also opt for an OJ fortified with calcium and vitamin D for a juice with a higher nutritional density than most fruit juices.


To reduce hypertension / high BP, stop smoking and reduce salt intake & alcohol consumption. Consider adopting a DASH diet. Some spices & foods that can assist in lowering BP include: garlic, cinnamon, dark chocolate, basil, parsley, ginger, thyme and cardamom. For cinnamon, I would strongly suggest Ceylon cinnamon (from Sri Lanka) rather than cassia or other varieties of cinnamon.
 
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Rubens

Hall of Fame
Instead of prescription potassium (K), how about getting extra K from oranges, bananas and other food sources?
I don't think his doctor was thinking that he needed more potassium. Losartan potassium is usually prescribed to treat hypertension. Yes it could increase potassium, but that's an adverse (side) effect. If anything, the doctor will want to make sure the potassium doesn't get too high. Usually they order a blood test to monitor this, about a week after starting the medication.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
I don't think his doctor was thinking that he needed more potassium. Losartan potassium is usually prescribed to treat hypertension. Yes it could increase potassium, but that's an adverse (side) effect. If anything, the doctor will want to make sure the potassium doesn't get too high. Usually they order a blood test to monitor this, about a week after starting the medication.
The way I had understood it was that increasing K, tends to reduce Na in the system. Perhaps that's an over simplification but this is what I had come across:
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Note that plain coconut water normally has high levels of K but pretty low levels of Na. However, some coconut water products have been modified to be used as athletic electrolyte replacement drinks. These products have their Na level boosted to provide a more balanced electrolyte profile for endurance sports.
 
Imo your numbers don't require a pill.First try exercise,diet, walking and less salt intake.
Thank you for the advise, I am very active person the combination of of function (sitting), age, married life, wife job hours very difficult to achieve my exercise goal by the way I am playing tennis every weekend.
 
Instead of prescription potassium (K), how about getting extra K from oranges, bananas and other food sources? OJ has been shown to be particularly effective in lowering BP.

In addition to a high level of K, OJ also contains a flavonoid, hesperidin, that contributes to lowered blood pressure. Should go with a high-pulp OJ. While the pulp only provides slightly more fiber, its major benefit is that it has a much higher level of flavonoids / antioxidants. I will often also opt for an OJ fortified with calcium and vitamin D for a juice with a higher nutritional density than most fruit juices.


To reduce hypertension / high BP, stop smoking and reduce salt intake & alcohol consumption. Consider adopting a DASH diet. Some spices & foods that can assist in lowering BP include: garlic, cinnamon, dark chocolate, basil, parsley, ginger, thyme and cardamom. For cinnamon, I would strongly suggest Ceylon cinnamon (from Sri Lanka) rather than cassia or other varieties of cinnamon.
Thank you for very useful information, I don't smoke (stop 15 years ago) no alcohol just one beer occasionally I am not favorable in salty foods, I haven't have issue with my BP in the past for some reason BP spike up a little bit lately could be affected by the pandemic (I am dealing with anxious for the last 8-9 years) work stress related (for sure) but just can't find the right answer, oh well when you got older your body start to falling a part I guess.

Anyway thank you all very much I will continue my diet, exercise and monitor my BP moving forward.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Thank you for very useful information, I don't smoke (stop 15 years ago) no alcohol just one beer occasionally I am not favorable in salty foods, I haven't have issue with my BP in the past for some reason BP spike up a little bit lately could be affected by the pandemic (I am dealing with anxious for the last 8-9 years) work stress related (for sure) but just can't find the right answer, oh well when you got older your body start to falling a part I guess.

Anyway thank you all very much I will continue my diet, exercise and monitor my BP moving forward.
Are you still in Dallas? I understand the air quality there is rather poor. Quite high in ozone pollution. Appears to be a correlation between high BP and air quality. That, combined with age and other factors, could explain your rise in BP.

 
Are you still in Dallas? I understand the air quality there is rather poor. Quite high in ozone pollution. Appears to be a correlation between high BP and air quality. That, combined with age and other factors, could explain your rise in BP.

Yes I am in Dallas but lived a little further out not closed to downtown area the air quality wasn't bad ever since I lived here (since 1982) I think more to stress related the last few days I have to deal with an a...h hole owner I probably walk away my job soon depend on the situation.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Yes I am in Dallas but lived a little further out not closed to downtown area the air quality wasn't bad ever since I lived here (since 1982) I think more to stress related the last few days I have to deal with an a...h hole owner I probably walk away my job soon depend on the situation.
The air quality was pretty bad in my area (SF South Bay area) back in the 70s and 80s. A lot of spectacular orange (or pink) sunsets. But it's much better now than it was back then... except for those times when the wildfires get way out of hand like they did last year.

Saw that Dallas County, not just the city, got poor marks for air Q just last year. Higher temps seems to be making it worse lately.

 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
I have a wrist cuff and an arm cuff. Both recommend sitting and arm about heart height. That's what I do.
 
Just to update been taken BP medicine 3 weeks now lately experienced light headache and fatigue especially in the afternoon my BP range from 101-138/67-86 this taken in the morning and evening hours just have a virtual appointment today doctor told me she doesn't like the numbers below 110 because is low and could potentially caused headache she suggested me to take just half a pill of Losartan Potassium 25 mg and record BP for next couple weeks and he might have to the medicine off
Does blood pressure medicine cause headache ?
 

onehandbh

Legend
Just to update been taken BP medicine 3 weeks now lately experienced light headache and fatigue especially in the afternoon my BP range from 101-138/67-86 this taken in the morning and evening hours just have a virtual appointment today doctor told me she doesn't like the numbers below 110 because is low and could potentially caused headache she suggested me to take just half a pill of Losartan Potassium 25 mg and record BP for next couple weeks and he might have to the medicine off
Does blood pressure medicine cause headache ?
I find my BP to be lowest in the morning before eating breakfast. Ask your doctor why a low number would give you a headache.

It is usually around 90/60 and I almost never get headaches. Maybe once every few years.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Funny positive take-away from COVID for me, working at home has really helped balance my life and work. That with not driving has literally help make me healthier with lower stress and BP.
 
Funny positive take-away from COVID for me, working at home has really helped balance my life and work. That with not driving has literally help make me healthier with lower stress and BP.
Amen to that I wish my employer allow me to work from home the combination of the Covid and work stress killing me my anxiety kicking up everyday I never have BP issues in the past until recently if I find another working from home job that pay less I will take it in a heart beat.
 
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