At one time Mary Eng, a resident, retired nurse and neighbor, would station herself at the clubhouse every week or so and do blood pressure readings for her Cloister neighbors. She doesn’t do that any more but inexpensive devices are available that allow us to take our own blood pressure. The big problem for me is knowing exactly what the pressure readings mean? When others take my blood pressure I will usually get the comment; “good”, “high”, or “low” along with two numbers. There is a chart that has been very useful to me.
In my experience when two people measure my blood pressure they will come up with different results. I measure my blood pressure at home using a wrist device sold by Walgreens, even then, if I move the wrist cuff even slightly I will come up with different results each time I measure my blood pressure. We have two blood pressures: the systolic that measures blood pressure in you artery when your heart contracts, and the much lower diastolic reading that measures the pressure when your heart relaxes.
I have used arm cuff meters in the past but the wrist meter is more convenient altho the pressure reading varies somewhat depending the position of the cuff on the wrist. As a result there can be a range of values depending on who measures and what with. I measure every day or two while the meter holds many day’s worth of values so I can scan past results. I also compare to what they read at the Dr.s office or the readings done at the TGIT event at the Jewish Community Center next door.