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Best Blood Pressure Monitors for the Home
Do you know what your own blood pressure reading is? It might have been normal last time you visited the doctor, but is it still normal?
Those who are suffering from hypertension, which is the medical terminology for high blood pressure, simply did not know until it came under scrutiny at a routine medical check.
There are no symptoms at all connected with high blood pressure, but hypertension kills.
Even in countries where they routinely check blood pressure at each hospital or medical visit, many cases of hypertension are missed because the person suffering from it may have otherwise perfect health and therefore no need to visit a doctor or hospital, and so their hypertension goes unchecked and undiagnosed.
It is the major cause of strokes and sudden deaths throughout the world.
Blood pressure monitors
If you are in perfect health, or stable health, checking your own blood pressure is probably the last thing on your mind.
But having a monitor in the house, that you use on a regular basis - say, once a month - could be a life saver for you because you will be able to see the early warning signals.
Maybe you are thinking to yourself that you don't understand the readings?
It's not rocket science, and you don't actually need a deep understanding of it. All you really need to know is what is considered to be normal, and what is considered to be high.
Not only that, with your own home blood pressure monitor, you will have gained an understanding of what is normal to YOU.
Lots of people have what others may consider to be low blood pressure, and yet more have what is considered to be high blood pressure.
But if it is normal for you to have that reading, then you are not at risk of anything untoward. Assuming you are young, in your 20s, and of otherwise good health.
If everyone in the whole world took their blood pressure reading every day, and posted them online to a giant database, the range you would see would be incredible and would probably knock accepted scientific data sideways!
Having said that, it is of the utmost importance that you know what your normal reading is.
What Blood Pressure Readings Mean and What they Signify
A normal blood pressure reading is around the range of 120/80.
That is 120 mmHg, which is millimetres of mercury. This is the measurement of the force placed on the walls of your arteries as the blood is rushing through your body on a heartbeat. It is called the SYSTOLIC pressure.
The 80 you see is the reading taken when the heart is relaxed between beats, and that is as technical as this hub needs to be. It is also measured in mmHg and is known as the DIASTOLIC pressure.
Now, 120/80 is normal for people in their 20s.
You have to add on the age of the person to the systolic reading to stay within normal ranges,
They say that 100 plus that person's age in years is normal.
Someone aged 30 can expect to see a reading of 130/80; someone of 40 can expect to see a reading of 140/80 etc, except that even that rule isn't rigid because at 90 your BP shouldn't be 190/anything.
Having said that, because the systolic pressure moves around so much - it can rise with stress,age,emotions and so many other things, doctors largely discount it.
The really important reading is the diastolic pressure.
This should remain pretty constant, no matter what you are doing.
When it rises, you may be in trouble.
If you are self-monitoring, you may see it rise to 85, but not every time, Other times it may be 70.
You only start to have a problem if you see 85 more often then 70.
85 is not considered to be dangerously high, but 90 is. Then again, with your own blood pressure monitoring equipment you can see how often it hits 90.
Really from the the 2nd or 3rd time you get this reading, you should present yourself at the local clinic for observation. Their monitoring equipment is more accurate than your home monitor.
Home blood pressure monitors tend to read ever so slightly higher than the calibrated equipment in a medical centre.
Better reading higher than lower! If your blood pressure monitor frequently reads lower than it should be, you would be in deep trouble before you had an inkling of what was going on.
I am on medication for life for hypertension.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, it is one of those things that will not go away on its own, and not get better by itself. Sadly.
It is better to have a blood pressure monitor in the house, to look for changes as they occur.
It has not been proven, but there is a suggestion that those who are in the prehypertension stage, i.e. when the diastolic pressure first starts to rise, that you can change things for the better by changing your diet and incorporating more exercise into your life.
That has got to be a lot easier than having to depend on medication, that you have to buy, for the rest of your natural.
Be safe. Buy a home blood pressure monitor today.