Monitor your blood pressure at home !

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By Dr Baiju S

28 Dec, 2017

#Cardiologist


High blood pressure is a condition when your blood pressure is constantly higher than normal.  Most commonly, high blood pressure causes no symptoms at all, which means that while you have high blood pressure, you can be having damage occurring to your heart, brain, kidneys, eyes and circulation without feeling it! So, the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.


However, your blood pressure can vary through the day and it can be affected by factors such as your posture, exercise, rest, emotions and so on. A single blood pressure reading therefore, can only tell what your blood pressure is at that moment and cannot give you the true picture of your real blood pressure.

 

Get benefitted by a home blood pressure monitors…..


Measuring your blood pressure at home and keeping a record of the measurements can help your doctor diagnose high blood pressure early, as compared to the occasional blood pressure measurement at a clinic. It can also help avoid "white-coat hypertension" the spikes in blood pressure due to anxiety associated during a doctor's visit.


Tracking your blood pressure at home can help you know whether lifestyle changes or medications are working. Based on this, your doctor can make comprehensive treatment decisions such as adjusting dosages or changing medications.
Monitoring your blood pressure levels regularly at home can help you lower your risk for a heart attack or other heart-related issues, compared to the occasional checks at a doctor's clinic.


However, certain conditions can make it harder to take your own blood pressure. If you have an irregular heartbeat, home blood pressure monitors might not give you an accurate reading.


Self-monitoring might decrease your number of visits to your doctor. However, it is not a substitute for regular visits to your doctor. If you have been prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure, do not stop taking your medication or change the dosages without consulting your doctor, even though your blood pressure readings are in the normal range during home monitoring.


Health organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Society of Hypertension recommend that people with high blood pressure should monitor their readings more often at home.


Talk to your doctor about having a home blood pressure monitor !

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