TomBAvoider Posted August 1, 2019 Report Share Posted August 1, 2019 I have this blood pressure monitor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077CXGSJW/ It's FDA approved and supposedly accurate, but of course I don't know just how accurate. I tried validating it by bringing it to my doc's appointment and having a nurse get my BP using their equipment and then immediately trying my monitor, but I realized as I was doing it, that really this is not a valid comparison as both may be wrong and it's a pretty much a worthless experiment with too many variables. Nonetheless, I've had some questions about my blood pressure for many years now. Just going by having my blood pressure taken at the doc's, it's somewhat all over the place, and various home monitors I've had are somewhat more consistent, but then I have no way of knowing which is more accurate. Still, with all these caveats, my systolic is usually somewhere in the 90's, with very occasionally - rarely - going to like 88 or so. Same with my diastolic - usually below 60, hovering anywhere between 56 and 59 - occasionally 55. Now, with the caveat that accuracy might not be super great, I wonder about those numbers. Do I have hypotension? Technically I do - anything below 90/60 is hypotension, and while I rarely go below 90 on systolic, I'm consistently in the 56-59 range on the diastolic. So, diastolic hypotension. Looking up the symptoms, I don't really experience dizziness or balance problems, no exhaustion or falls, fainting or nausea, blurrred vision etc. So really, I don't have any classic symptoms of diastolic hypotension, except for one: occasionally I have very mild ankle edema. Looking at causes, I don't consume excess salt, I'm not typically dehydrated, not overweight, don't smoke. I brought it up with my PCP, and he waved it off completely. But numbers don't lie. As an example, today my reading with my home monitor was 95/57 and pulse 64. My pulse in the last 2 years went from 55 to now 64 as I've eased off my running speed while exercising. But diastolic of 57 is below 60, and that's the cutoff number for diastolic hypotension. What does this mean? Should I be concerned? What measures if any should I take? What is your BP, and how do you think of your BP? TIA! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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