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Hello Am due to gp tomorrow but just wondered if anyone has had trouble with their blood pressure monitors. I was on amlodipine for some years and my readings at home were between 120 to 139 systolic and 54 to 65 diastolic ( I should point out that I did ask my previous gp about the low diastolic but did not seem bothered and said it was the medication) At the surgery the readings are always higher 140 to 150 systolic according to my gp white coat syndrome would make sense as I suffer from an anxiety. The amlodipine caused increasing ankle swelling over the years and when we recently moved my new gp stopped the amlodipine and changed me to bendrofluorizde (not sure I've spelt that correctly). The ankle swelling is virtually gone. My readings since changing medications have been similar to before with higher readings at the surgery. I had to change the batteries on my monitor and since then the readings have been higher ( 3/4 days). I have had systolic in the 140's and 150's. However I wonder if their is a problem with the blood pressure monitor or whether is needs replacing or recalibrating. I get error readings that cuff not inflated enough and also the machine inflates starts to deflate in then inflates again giving a higher reading. It is true that I have been rather anxious this week but even so have never had readings that high. I am not mentioning the name and model I use as I thought they might delete the post. It is well known and a basic model bought from the chemist which my previous gp said was fine. Anyone had this happen to them. Obviously will take the monitor to my new gp tomorrow. Also wondering if the lower reading were false because the monitor was failing. Thanks.
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