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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Friendly Tip. . .

If you check your blood pressure once and it's too high:

Give it a few minutes.  Sit down and relax.  Do you have a headache, dizziness, etc?  No?  Good.  Now, after about 15 minutes, re-check your blood pressure.  It's normal?  Good.  Have a wonderful day.

Don't call EMS if your blood pressure is 175/95 after you've been running around your house all day cleaning up for guests coming in from out of town.  Most likely, your pressure will drop a little bit after you've been sitting for awhile.  Sometimes (last night), your pressure will be down to 150s over 80s by the time EMS arrives.  Also, sometimes (last night), your pressure will be down to 130s over 70s by the time you arrive in the ER.

If you do that, and Dr. Discharge doesn't see anything wrong with you (no, you're not getting a full cardiac work-up with labs, etc), he's going to discharge you very quickly and you will have spent more time in the ambulance than in the ER. . . especially if you live an hour away.

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