Did you know that having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and a stroke? Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, you might want to consider purchasing a blood pressure monitor for your home. With an at-home blood pressure monitor system, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you can track your results whenever you want.
Why Should I Purchase a Blood Pressure Monitor?
When you visit the doctor’s office and the doctor is listening to your heart through a stethoscope, outside noises can often interfere and sounds that he/she is listening for may be too soft to properly make out.
In addition, your results may not be correct as your body may be reacting to the stress that is often caused by being at the doctor’s office. This is referred to as White Coat Hypertension. Over 20% of patients actually experience higher blood pressure when they are at the doctor’s office.
Studies also show that at-home blood pressure monitoring was better at predicting heart attacks and strokes than those conducted in a doctor’s office.
Benefits of Having a Blood Pressure Monitor at Home
High blood pressure is a serious condition that many people suffer from. If you have high blood pressure, you should consider purchasing a personal blood pressure monitor for your own home.
Still not sure whether or not you should purchase one? Check out the following advantages of having a blood pressure monitor in your home:
- Monitoring at home allows you to see the effects that a new medication, getting more exercise, cutting back on alcohol, or improving your diet can have on your blood pressure
- Assists you and your healthcare provider in helping to determine if your treatments are working
How to Use a Blood Pressure Monitor at Home
Ensure at least 5 minutes rest before taking blood pressure. Do not drink caffeine, exercise, or smoke 30 minutes before as these things can affect your readings.
Sit with your back straight and lean against the back of the chair for support. Keep your feet flat on the floor and legs straight. Keep your arm supported on a flat surface and move your upper arm so that it is level with your heart. Be sure to check your blood pressure monitor manual for further instructions or be sure to ask your doctor or home health care provider for directions on proper usage.
Consistency is Key
It’s vital to take your blood pressure at the same time every day for more accurate results.
Monitor and Record
We recommend checking your blood pressure at least twice a day – once in first thing in the morning and once right before bed. Be sure to record and track your results and bring them with you to your next appointment.
Follow these easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to understanding more about your blood pressure and how your heart works. However, if you have been prescribed medication that helps to lower your blood pressure, it is important to NOT stop your medication, even if your results are in a normal range when at home monitoring. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your medication.
Appropriate cuff selection is important. We can help select a good blood pressure monitor that comes with a warranty. If you or someone you know is suffering from high blood pressure, be sure to consult with your doctor about purchasing a blood pressure monitor for your home. Visit our website or stop by your local Adapt Home Health Care to talk to a staff member and to learn more about your blood pressure monitor options.