So yesterday evening I was at Shopper's Drug Mart and simply on spec tried out the blood pressure cuff they have for public use at the pharmacy.
Was I surprised at the result? You bet.
187 / 94
For those of you who aren't in the know, 120 / 80 is normal. My "normal" is slightly lower, actually, at 110 / 70. You can see why I was surprised!
My resting heart rate is high, too - this afternoon it clocked in at 79 BPM, and although in music terms that's the tempo of a slow song, it certainly isn't anything plodding where my heart is concerned. Normal for me is in around 58 to 61.
Dunno, but I called the Health Link folks and was told a few things of note:
--Because I'm showing no "symptoms", there isn't any reason to panic
--If my numbers reach the low 200s and/or are accompanied by blurred vision or back pain, I must seek medical attention within four hours
--Because 187 / 94 is well over 20 points higher than my "normal", I should go in to the clinic to be checked out... today or tomorrow.
I think I'll sleep on it. I was also told that you should take your BP on an empty stomach - which mine wasn't yesterday - so perhaps I'll return tomorrow to the pharmacy first.
Taken now after sitting to write this post, my pulse is down to 66.
Hmm... sleep on it, yes.