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Garmin Blood Pressure Tester
Sep 21, 2022 09:01:56   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Garmin now offers a device to monitor your blood pressure throughout the day. If it's too high or too low, your Garmin GPS will show you the way to a doctor or a hospital. Satisfy your inner hypochondriac!

https://www.garmin.com/en-US/p/716808?utm_source=Americas&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=en-US%20Delivery,%20Index%20BPM%20%7C%20Announcement%20%28MCJT-38180%29

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Sep 21, 2022 10:07:02   #
EdJ0307 Loc: out west someplace
 
I got an email from Garmin about this item. For 150 bucks I think I'll pass and continue to use the one I have. But thanks for the info.

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Sep 21, 2022 11:05:10   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
EdJ0307 wrote:
I got an email from Garmin about this item. For 150 bucks I think I'll pass and continue to use the one I have. But thanks for the info.


They should develop a GPS that displays blood pressure. It would be fun to watch as driving conditions change. You could see how high you could get it by driving dangerously.

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Sep 22, 2022 08:55:58   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
Sounds like it is designed to sell you the Garmin online "Account". I imagine that hypochondriacs or neurotic techie types will like this, but it seems the only thing it does different than a $45 Omron BP monitor is provide a very pretty display and allow you to track your readings. I would like this and be impressed if health insurance companies offered it and it was designed to upload the readings to your physician.

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Sep 22, 2022 10:06:24   #
Doddy Loc: Barnard Castle-England
 
I remember going to the docs a few years ago for a check up, I had taken my BP on my own cheap machine. When I mentioned this to him he replied "Those shop bought monitors are a waste of money"...The reading on his professional equipment was identical to my reading!

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Sep 22, 2022 10:47:05   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Doddy wrote:
I remember going to the docs a few years ago for a check up, I had taken my BP on my own cheap machine. When I mentioned this to him he replied "Those shop bought monitors are a waste of money"...The reading on his professional equipment was identical to my reading!


Naturally. : ) I have a couple of those finger things that tell pulse and BP. "Pulse-Ox" ?

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Sep 22, 2022 12:23:40   #
Fredrick Loc: Former NYC, now San Francisco Bay Area
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Naturally. : ) I have a couple of those finger things that tell pulse and BP. "Pulse-Ox" ?


I believe those things you’re referring to measure pulse and oxygen level, not BP.

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Sep 22, 2022 13:54:02   #
rlv567 Loc: Philippines
 
Fredrick wrote:
I believe those things you’re referring to measure pulse and oxygen level, not BP.


The pulse oximeter will tell your oxygen saturation level along with your heart rate. It does this by measuring changes in infrared light absorption in oxygenated or deoxygenated blood and is a painless process (usually clipped on a finger). An oxygen saturation level of 95 percent is considered typical for most healthy people.

The readings I take typically are at 96–98 %, with heart rate around 60. Blood pressure (measured separately) usually is around 120-125 over 75-80. These readings I get at home (with quite inexpensive equipment), and they always are the same at the doctor’s office. I'll be 95 in January and was told I had a heart attack maybe 10 years ago - I didn't know it at the time. I wound up with three stents in arteries, one of which was said to have been 99% blocked. To date, I have had no further problems.

The cardiologist put me on atorvastatin, which I did not need, as my cholesterol level was OK, and remains so! Eventually, every muscle in my body ached - even when not having been used, and I found it very taxing just to walk out to my mailbox and back. I told my then cardiologist I had to get off the statin drug, and he agreed. In a week I was back to normal!!! Reading more, I found that statin drugs (which are being prescribed by doctors as though they were candy) will kill you and give you diabetes - not necessarily in that order!!

Loren – in Beautiful Baguio City

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Sep 22, 2022 13:56:51   #
Fredrick Loc: Former NYC, now San Francisco Bay Area
 
rlv567 wrote:
The pulse oximeter will tell your oxygen saturation level along with your heart rate. It does this by measuring changes in infrared light absorption in oxygenated or deoxygenated blood and is a painless process (usually clipped on a finger). An oxygen saturation level of 95 percent is considered typical for most healthy people.

The readings I take typically are at 96 – 98 %, with heart rate around 60. Blood pressure (measured separately) usually is around 120 over 75. These readings I get at home (with quite inexpensive equipment), and they always are the same at the doctor’s office. I'll be 95 in January and was told I had a heart attack maybe 10 years ago - I didn't know it at the time. I wound up with three stents in arteries, one of which was said to have been 99% blocked. To date, I have had no further problems.

At the time, the cardiologist put me on atorvastatin, which I did not need, as my cholesterol level was OK, and remains so! Eventually, every muscle in my body ached - even when not having been used, and I found it very taxing just to walk out to my mailbox and back. I told my then doctor I had to get off the statin drug, and he agreed. In a week I was back to normal!!! Reading more, I found that statin drugs (which are being prescribed by doctors as though they were candy) will kill you and give you diabetes - not necessarily in that order!!

Loren – in Beautiful Baguio City
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Sep 23, 2022 09:05:46   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Garmin now offers a device to monitor your blood pressure throughout the day…


A person’s blood pressure, pulse and respirations are only a moment in a patient’s health.
However, proper care of one’s self is essential to good health. If a doctor recommends a blood pressure machine (used on the elbow not wrist) or a blood glucose meter, it is best to document the findings to track and trend your health.

Proper taking of one’s medication is also essential.
Let’s face it! There are minimal side effects of an elevated blood pressure or blood sugar. Taking medication for these conditions does have side effects but they will dissipate in time so you don’t notice them.

As for a GPS, I don’t need directions. Men don’t get lost. Christopher Columbus did not need one and neither do I. LOL!

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Sep 23, 2022 10:42:17   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Scruples wrote:
Christopher Columbus did not need one and neither do I. LOL!


Right! He didn't know where he was going, and he didn't know where he was when he arrived.

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Sep 23, 2022 22:02:08   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
But, I would like to say my wife gets lost in a closet.
Besides I don’t like hearing a woman say, “when possible, make a U-turn and then make a right turn at the next exit,” when I’m driving. LOL

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Sep 24, 2022 08:51:26   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Scruples wrote:
But, I would like to say my wife gets lost in a closet.
Besides I don’t like hearing a woman say, “when possible, make a U-turn and then make a right turn at the next exit,” when I’m driving. LOL


I wish I had big closets like that.

As for the GPS lady, I know what you mean. Mine doesn't say "Recalculating" anymore, but when it did, she had a condescending tone in her voice. "Okay, you idiot. Since you couldn't follow my simple directions, I'll plot a new route for you. Geez!"

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