Here's my HEALTH LITERACY 101 nugget for the day: The American Heart Association has this simple guide to getting an accurate blood pressure reading: STEPS TO GETTING AN ACCURATE B.P. READING.
Now that I think of it, the first thing the nurse and I do is start talking about how I've been, why I'm there, any changes in meds, etc. How about I try having quiet, relaxing time while I wait to be seen, then ask that my BP be taken as soon as the nurse or doctor comes in the room? We can start yakking about my health care once we have an accurate BP.
Blood pressure is a vital sign-type important reading. It will determine whether you start a new medication--or don't start one you should have. Let's give it the respect it deserves!