Posted on February 23rd, 2008
|A little bit ago I checked my blood pressure again and got a reading of 126/89. Mom decided to check her blood pressure and things kinda went strange.
The machine we use is designed so that it only inflates the cuff 30 mmHg over where it last detected your pulse. Thus if you have textbook healthy blood pressure (120/80) then it will stop increasing the cuff's pressure at 150 mmHg.
Mom's blood pressure tends to be somewhat low, so when the cuff was inflated over 200 mmHg we both did a double take.
Then it dropped down quickly to 64 mmHg, then the display jumped up to 74 (without re-inflating the cuff), then back to 60 mmHg and plummeted to about 30 mmHg, hovered for a moment and then reported her blood pressure was 130/100 (ie, higher than mine).
Methinks the automatic cuff is on the fritz. This may well mean that my blood pressure is where it's supposed to be -- ie, what it's been since 2005 -- and the higher readings are bogus.
In any event, I'll be seeing the doctor about this on Monday.
I think giving a medical license to an Italian plumber wasn't the best of ideas however.