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Aeson

Explorer
My sister is the hospital. Urgent care thinks she's having a heart attack. She sent me this. I think she thinks I doubt her story.
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Aeson

Explorer
I won a shiny nickel. I bet my mom she didn't have a heart attack. The hospital is keeping my sister over night because her BP is still high. She'll be ok though.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
I’ve seen higher BPs. I’ve had higher BPs- I was asymptomatic at 200+/200+...and scared the bejesus out of an entire medical office.

But it’s still no joke.
 

Aeson

Explorer
I'm not sure why they thought heart attack instead of stroke. Seems it would have made more sense. They're keeping her to bring the BP down and to do a stress test.

One thing my mom brought up is my sister wondered if switching from cigarettes to vaping had anything to do with it. I don't think so.
 

Aeson

Explorer
They did such a great job treating my sister's high BP, it went too low. She fell out going to the bathroom. They're keeping her another night.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
That can happen. I was in the hospital recovering from ACL/MCL repair surgery, and my BP skyrocketed into the 190s due to pain induced by the knee-flexing Machine they had me in. So they tried me on a sublingual dose of a med that tasted of chocolate. It chopped 100 points off my BP in under an hour, and I passed right the hell out. Fortunately, I was already lying in a hospital bed...
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Interesting.

I’m not going to gainsay the mathematician, but I was never taught either acronym, or the left to right convention.

What I was taught was that, the number in front of the parenthetical always applies to the parenthetical. Ditto an exponent, FWIW.) IOW, X(N) is always calculated as a single number first, X times N. Then, if you see something like the problem posited, you read it like a fraction: 8/2(2+2). That can’t be solved as 16, just as 1.

To get 16 out of the 8÷2(2+2) equation, you’d have to read it as (8÷2)(2+2), but that would violate the rule of grouping the parenthetical with its multiplier.
 

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