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Just wanted to throw this information out there. My mom sees a nephrologist (kidney doctor) for her high blood pressure. At her appointment two weeks ago her BP was 164/78. He suggested she come in for a longer BP test in two weeks as she was feeling under the weather at the time of her appointment. On Friday, we went again and her initial exam room BP was 162/76. So, she was hooked up to a BP machine that takes your BP every 2 minutes for 15 minutes total. Guess what? By the second or third BP reading, her BP was 131/68. They take an average of all of the readings and her average was 130/67. If she didn't have that longer BP test, she likely would have had a med change. Just goes to show that one BP reading does not necessarily equal high BP. If you have a high BP reading when you first walk in the exam room, ask them to take it again at the end of the visit. As always, follow your doctors advice!
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