Blood Pressure


Announcement: Keep tabs on your blood pressure–High Blood pressure is a “silent killer”.

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” for a reason. There are no symptoms! Therefore it is a good idea to have your blood pressure checked periodically, and what better way that with a blood pressure monitor at home. Not only is is quick and effective, but you can avoid “White Coat Syndrome” that many people suffer when getting their blood pressure checked by a doctor. Continue reading



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Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure is given the medical term “Hypotension” (as opposed to hypertension which is high blood pressure). Low blood pressure occurs when the pressure in the blood vessels falls below normal limits. Although different sources have different criteria for low blood pressure, we can assume that anything below 90/60 … Continue reading



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Effects of decaffeinated coffee on my blood pressure 5

In these experiments, I used an upper arm cuff home blood pressure monitor to measure my blood pressure on an empty stomach, after drinking a large cup of decaffeine coffee. I used a filter coffee machine to prepare a large cup of coffee, made with decaffeinated ground coffee. The process … Continue reading



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Effects of caffeine coffee on my blood pressure 4

In these experiments, I used a home blood pressure monitor (upper arm cuff), to measure my blood pressure in the morning, on an empty stomach, after drinking a large cup of caffeine coffee. To prepare for each set of readings, I sat down for 5 minutes before taking the first … Continue reading



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Effects of smoking on blood pressure 6

In this blood pressure experiments, I used a home blood pressure monitor (upper arm cuff), to measure my blood pressure before, during and after smoking a large cigar. I took readings every 5 minutes or so, to see if smoking would cause changes to my blood pressure. Incidentally, I am … Continue reading



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Blood pressure variations during the day 3

In this first of many blood pressure experiments, I used a home blood pressure monitor (upper arm cuff), to measure my blood pressure during my waking day. The readings were not taken at specific intervals, and I have made no attempt to show on this graph when I ate food, … Continue reading



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Choosing a Home Blood Pressure Monitor 1

Choosing a blood pressure monitor for use at home is not an easy task.  Here are some tips to consider: The best option for most people is a digital home blood pressure monitor.  While they are not as accurate as the mercury devices you see at your doctors, they don’t … Continue reading



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Effect of lying down, sitting, and standing on blood pressure. 13

In these experiments, I used a home blood pressure monitor (upper arm cuff), to measure my blood pressure in the morning, on an empty stomach. To prepare for each set of readings, I got into position, and waited quietly for 5 minutes before taking the first reading. I then took … Continue reading



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Effects of exercise on my blood pressure 5

About a year ago, I decided to get into shape, and lose some weight.  One of the side effects of losing weight and eating healthily was that my blood pressure dropped from around the 140/90 area down to 115/70 and below.  During the last year I have done a lot … Continue reading



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Blood Pressure Experiments

Let me just first state that I am not a medical doctor.  The experiments I have carried out on this site were carried out to satisfy my own curiosity, as I do have scientific training.  I do not recommend you try any of these yourself – consult your doctor if … Continue reading