How to Use a Home blood pressure monitor?
How to Use a Home blood pressure monitor? It is very vital to keep a
check on the level of your blood pressure, especially if you are hypertensive or you are having a
tough lifestyle where you might get stressed at times. Screening your blood pressure regularly will
actually help you to control it. You will take appropriate measures according to the situation with
the help of the doctor. 140 over 90 mm/Hg is regarded as high blood pressure when you need to take
measures to treat it on emergency basis. 120 over 80 mm/Hg is the ideal blood pressure which we all
must maintain to avoid heart disease and chances of stroke. This Article will show you how to use a
Home Blood Pressure Monitor.
How to Use a Home blood pressure monitor
Types of blood pressure monitors include the upper arm monitors and the wrist monitors with
the former being used by most of the doctors and regarded as more steadfast than the wrist monitor,
which is scrupulously tested these days. BP monitors are very important devices provided you can
use it correctly so that you may get reliable results which will help you to take required
measures. Also you have to be careful about one more thing which is that you must make sure that
the BP monitor is clinically validated, which means that it is tested properly clinically to get
accurate results. Coming back to upper arm monitor, it is recommended that an elderly person uses
it for proper results but can be used by people of all ages.
Following points are needed to be cared about while using
ahome BP monitor, though it is very simple
· Your blood pressure can be different before
meal and after meal, also after the exercise. So you must measure your blood pressure
at the same time of the day, daily.
· BP changes throughout the day with the morning
and the evening readings tending to be very different from each other, so it is
recommended to check your BP twice a day – at the mentioned times.
· At the time of measurement note the time and
date and record them also along with, of course, the systolic and diastolic blood
pressures. But measure the pulse as well and record it.
· It would be better to calm down your nerves and
don’t get stressed; otherwise the blood pressure readings will show a rise. If you are
in ‘fight or flight’ situation, don’t measure your BP.
· If you are not sure that the readings are
valid; then measure the BP again to make it sure to yourself.
· Sharing of your BP data with your doctor is
mandatory for obvious reasons, because he has to adjust your medications and recommend
you diet and exercise plans according to your body’s situation, which you must not do
· Again it is important that the person should
use an upper arm monitor instead of the wrist monitor, provided he is a pensioner with
lingering or severe vascular disease.