High blood pressure or hypertension as it is called can be very serious if not controlled. High blood pressure can be silent within a body for many years before symptoms appear. If not checked the problems can lead to a big disruption in your life style, causing disability or even a heart attack. Monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis can help you spot a problem early enough for it to be controlled. Busy people lead busy lives and cannot always attend proper medical checkups, even if you can, a Bayer blood pressure monitor in your home means you can check your blood pressure any time you are concerned. Certain life style habits can increase your chance of high blood pressure, stress, caffeine, obesity, smoking, lack of physical exercise to name a few. Changing some of your bad habits can reduce the risk but there are also factors inherent in your make up like age, race and family genetics that you can do nothing about but stay alert for any increases in your own blood pressure readings. When you read your blood pressure you are measuring the amount of blood pumping around the body and the resistance to the blood flow in the arteries. You are actually taking two readings; the diastolic and systolic. You will often see the measurements written as two numbers. Your blood pressure does not stay the same it can be effected by a number of factors for example your sleep pattern or physical activity. Normally a good time to read your blood pressure is after a period of rest about 5-10 minutes, and before you have a cup of coffee and a cigarette! You may need to take your blood pressure a number of times a day to note any fluctuations but then identify a regular time to take it daily if required.
- The Systolic measures the blood pressure when the heart is pumping blood.
- The Diastolic measures the blood pressure between the beats when the heart is at rest.
The measurement is taken in millimeters of Mercury (mmHg) the first reading is the ‘systolic’ and the second lower reading is the ‘diastolic’; read more about blood pressure readings and how they can affect you online. A Bayer blood pressure monitor or an Omron m2 blood pressure monitor makes taking your blood pressure easy. Gone are the days of sphygmomanometers, new tech and design makes reading your blood pressure very straightforward.
Today’s digital blood pressure monitors can include an upper arm cuff with Intelligence Technology; this means the cuffs will not become too tight on the arm and give a false reading. The automatic monitors also show if the cuff has been placed correctly. The display indicates the reading on clear easy to read large displays. There is also a reference to previous readings for comparison. Depending on the model of monitor it will also indicate if an irregular heart beat is found. Follow the manuals carefully when using your blood pressure monitor, normally available as downloads, but as a general rule, sit with your arm at heart level, ensure you have an empty bladder (a full one gives higher readings) remove any tight arm clothing, and sit up straight on a chair legs uncrossed. If you are concerned your blood pressure is too high you need to see your Dr to have him view your readings and make a thorough control. Blood pressure readings are affected by many factors as outlined above and if you do have a high reading then there are a number of options open to you. Your Doctor may prescribe a course of medication to manage the high blood pressure. Losing weight, keeping to a low salt diet, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and exercising will all assist you in controlling your high blood pressure. Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake needs to be seriously considered for a healthier life style. Regular blood pressure checks can be non intrusive into your day when you have your own blood pressure monitor. Buying a blood pressure monitor for personal use could be the best investment you can make for your health but it is important that you discuss your readings with your Doctor.