How do you answer when asked, “How’s your blood pressure?”
Blood pressure awareness is just one of those health metrics that easily slips off the radar when we believe it’s not a problem. Although blood pressure checks are a routine part of our healthcare physical, many of us do not give it much thought once we leave the office. Some of us may have an idea of whether it is “good” or “bad” but often that is the extent of our recall. Unless we are actively monitoring or attempting to manage our blood pressure most of us are likely to assume we don’t need to be concerned about it.
Very often we simply do not know what our blood pressure is…until our next office visit.
|Blood pressure monitors are easy to use
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Unless blood pressure is extremely high or extremely low there are usually no symptoms to bring a developing problem to our attention. High blood pressure (Hypertension) does greater damage to the body than low blood pressure (Hypotension). Each condition leads to health consequences that are avoidable with proper treatment.
Hypotension can lead to dizziness, fainting, and injury from falls.
Self-monitoring is easy!
Public blood pressure monitoring equipment is frequently available at no charge in community pharmacies. The reliability of these machines has improved significantly in recent years.
Personal blood pressure monitors can be purchased at a reasonable cost in many pharmacies, retail stores, and online. These blood pressure monitors are easy to use, with features such as large memory capacity and multiple user capability.
It is recommended that your machine be checked against your doctor’s monitor prior to tracking. Personal blood pressure monitors are the most reliable method of tracking blood pressure outside of the medical setting.
|Blood pressure monitoring is essential
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Increasing your role in monitoring and managing your health is especially important if you want to live well and keep healthcare costs to a minimum.
Partnering with your healthcare team by embracing blood pressure awareness and management is a very good place to start.