Every single doctor’s appointment begins with it.
Sometimes they even check it two or three times before they let you walk out the door.
And many docs seem to think it’s just about the most important number they can look at.
They’ll lecture you over it… drug you for it… and urge you to give up your favorite foods to change it.
And now, lately, they follow you home with it, making you take readings on your own.
But are all those blood pressure measurements really all THAT important?
As the latest research shows, they have no clue what’s going on here.
Beware of the “Popeye Phenomenon”
The latest generation of blood pressure readers, especially the ones which people are encouraged (and sometimes ORDERED) to use at home, take a reading at the wrist.
Some of them even automatically snitch, sending your readings to your doc. Which means he can spy on you and raise the dose of your meds without ever seeing you.
But as it turns out, the wrist readings they love so much have a BIG problem.
In many cases, WAY wrong. And if your doctor is making decisions based on those digits, you could be getting drugs you don’t need for a disease you might not even have!
The new study finds wrist readings are OFTEN high, adding an average of 5 points to the systolic (“top number”) blood pressure.
And that’s not all.
When taken at the wrist…
- more than ONE in FOUR had a reading at least 10 points higher
- a stunning 14 percent had a 20-point jump in blood pressure
How to get an accurate blood pressure
Now, to their credit, researchers are saying docs should STOP making drug choices based on the wrist.
And this, they point out, is especially true when using one of these devices at home.
Instead, they encourage docs to just get back to taking their own readings at the clinic.
But that’s wrong, too.
Blood pressure is often higher – in many cases FAR higher – when taken at the doctor’s office. It’s a condition so common it even has its own name: white coat hypertension.
Yet docs STILL prescribe drugs based on those flawed readings taken at their office.
So don’t stop taking readings at home. Just do it the right way.
Get your own device to check at your upper arm. Take several readings a day at first, across multiple days, and you’ll have a good sense of what your “true” number is.
And you may even learn… happily… that you DON’T have high blood pressure at all and DON’T need meds.
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