Patients with high blood pressure should always be cautious and get their BP checked every now and then as it can change from hour to hour or even minute to minute. It makes better sense to get your blood pressure checked at home instead of visiting the doctor’s clinic every few hours. Even normal activities such as eating a meal, standing up from a chair, listening to soothing music, watching a horror movie or an exciting show on television, stress and the time of day can influence an individual’s blood pressure. Blood pressure can be managed with the DASH diet and for detailed information on the same, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
So, many health organizations have started advising people to become self-supportive with blood pressure monitoring techniques, knowing to take their own BP readings. Such blood pressure readings allow you to:
Observe your actual blood pressure: A BP reading at the hospital is like a single frame of an entire movie. For some people, a snapshot is all that is required to reveal the entire story, the single pressure reading is an outright approximation of their usual pressure. For some others, that’s not enough.
Almost 20% of the people with high blood pressure experience white-coat hypertension which is a temporary rise in BP levels due to the stress experienced while visiting a doctor. But some others experience masked hypertension and they have normal blood pressure in the doctor’s clinic but high BP everywhere else.
Keep it under control: Timely monitoring at home helps to keep blood pressure under control. It is always better to take readings once a week or so amidst your calm home atmosphere rather than visiting your doctor every few months for BP readings at his/her clinic. Individuals measuring their own readings and taking care are more likely to do better than those who make their doctor take charge of everything.
Jot down the readings: Many times, you don’t feel the nuances in your blood pressure readings. The best way to realize the effectiveness of medications and lifestyle changes on your blood pressure is to measure the readings at regular intervals in your home.
Reduce cost & travel time: Once you start measuring your blood pressure at home, it requires very few visits to the doctor’s office. Also, individuals having white-coat hypertension can start taking fewer or no medications at all for blood pressure.
Join the ‘in’ crowd: Out of 100 people with high blood pressure, almost 70 of them don’t have it under control. Constantly checking your blood pressure readings can help you to join the “in” crowd who do. Research shows that, people who checked their BP regularly and emailed their doctor were more likely to have their blood pressure under control than those who had it measured at home or those who had it taken by their doctor occasionally.
The Different People Who Benefit from Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home
Blood pressure monitoring at home is most helpful in the case of smokers, people with a family history of high blood pressure, people who are seriously overweight, pregnant women and in the case of people who have or are suspected with hypertension.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.