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Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home
Posted by : Firstmed    22-09-2021

Blood pressure monitoring at home is an important aspect of controlling high blood pressure. Learn how to utilize home monitors correctly.

Keeping track of your blood pressure at home is an important aspect of controlling your hypertension (hypertension).

 

Anyone with high blood pressure should monitor it at home, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and other organizations. Home monitoring can help you keep track of your blood pressure in a comfortable environment, ensure that your medicine is functioning, and warn you and your doctor about any health problems.

Blood pressure monitors are widely available and do not require a prescription, making home monitoring a simple step toward bettering your health. Before you begin, make sure you have the proper technique and a reliable home blood pressure monitor.

Why do we need a monitor for blood pressure at home?

  • Help with early detection.
  • Assist in keeping track of your therapy.
  • Improve your control by encouraging it.
  • Spend less money on health care.
  • Examine your blood pressure outside of the doctor's office to see if it differs.

How to Use Blood Pressure Monitor at Home

  • Be still- Before taking your blood pressure, don't smoke, drink caffeinated beverages, or exercise for at least 30 minutes. Before taking measures, make sure your bladder is empty and that you have at least 5 minutes of calm time.

 

  • Sit properly- Sit with a straight and supported back (on a dining chair, rather than a sofa). You should not cross your legs and keep your feet flat on the floor. Your upper arm should be at heart level and supported on a flat surface (such as a table). Make sure that the bottom of the cuff is precisely above the elbow bend. For an instance, look at your monitor's instructions or ask your healthcare practitioner to teach you how.

 

  • Take readings at the same time every day- It's critical to take readings at the same time every day, such as in the morning and evening. It's recommended to take the readings every day, starting two weeks following a treatment change and the week before your next checkup.

 

  • Take numerous readings and keep track of the results- Take two or three readings one minute apart each time you measure and keep track of the results using a downloadable (PDF) tracker. Take your monitor with you to your appointments if it has built-in memory for storing your readings. After you register your profile with certain monitors, you may be able to submit your readings to a secure website.

 

  • Don't take your measurement while wearing clothing.

Note: A medical expert must validate a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Any extremely low blood pressure results should be evaluated by a doctor.

How do we know whether our monitor is accurate and we using it properly?

After you've purchased your gadget, have it checked by your doctor to ensure it's accurate. Once a year, they should inspect your monitor. Check the tubing for cracks and leaks on your own at regular intervals. It is important to provide proper maintenance and storage.

When storing the tubing, make sure it is not twisted. Keep it away from the sun and away from the heat.

Request that your doctor or nurse show you how to properly use your blood pressure monitor. This will assist you in achieving effective blood pressure control results.

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