Picking A Blood Pressure Monitor
Picking A Blood Pressure Monitor
by Jack Douglas
There are many kinds of blood pressure cuffs on the market and that is a good thing since more and more Americans are discovering just how important knowing what your blood pressure is. For many, knowing and monitoring blood pressure can actually make the difference of life and death, especially now that heart disease and heart attacks are on the rise.
While a blood pressure cuff alone isn't the answer, using one in conjunction with healthy lifestyle habits can increase your life expectancy. Checking your blood pressure is the best way to discover if you are suffering from hypertension. The normal range for your blood pressure should be under 120/80 Once you exceed that, you are in the "at risk" stage, and anything over 140 is considered high blood pressure.
If you discover that your blood pressure is in the risky range, then you will need to schedule a trip to your doctor for a wellness check. On this visit, your physician will be able to give you a stress test, to see how well your heart is functioning. He or she will also be able to advise you on lifestyle changes you may need to make.
After visiting your doctor you will be advised on what is healthy or safe for you and almost always it starts with two simple things, changing your diet and exercising.
You may need to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate at home and to do that you will need to shop around for one that is simple to use and your doctor will suggest one that will give correct results
You can choose between digital and aneroid blood pressure monitors and knowing the difference between those kinds will make it easier for you to decide what to buy. The easiest way to choose a monitor is to find one that meets your personal needs.
The aneroid kind of monitor is portable and also easy to use. On the other hand, they are also very sensitive and must be carefully handled or will easily be damaged or broken. You will also require a stethoscope and cuff to take a reading. However, on the plus side these models are also inexpensive.
Digital monitors are about the size of a cell phone and come connected to a cuff worn on the arm. This cuff measures the blood pressure and displays it on a monitor. Some models will print the results, or come equipped with a memory of the last measurements.
Even though the digital kind of monitor is easier to use, they are also more expensive. It basically is a choice between paying more right at the start or taking a chance with a less expensive monitor and risking having to replace it if it should break.
There are two other types which may be convenient but are not very reliable thus could be dangerous for your health. They are the finger monitor or wrist monitor, though easy to use, not reliable.
When you start taking your own blood pressure readings, make sure to keep a chart with the results. Your doctor will want to be able to evaluate your blood pressure. Make sure that you get an accurate reading by not drinking caffeine or alcohol, and avoid smoking. These factors can artificially inflate your blood pressure.
Make sure you are also in a relaxed position to get the best reading. Even mild stress can elevate your reading.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, keeping a blood pressure monitor handy can help you find ways to get an accurate reading to benefit your health.
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