High blood pressure, or hypertension is a serious problem in the United States, around 85 million Americans have high blood pressure.
Normal, healthy blood pressure is 120 over 80, and hypertension is higher than 130+ over 80. Many things can cause high blood pressure such as stress, obesity, lack of exercise, genetics, or kidney disease. If left untreated hypertension can lead to heart attack or stroke.
It's important to monitor your blood pressure if you have a history of hypertension.And while there's no defined reasoning, men and African Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure. But, "after age 65, black women have the highest incidence of high blood pressure."
There's good news, studies have proven that monitoring your own blood pressure at home might help you lower it with help from your doctor. Learn more below!
What Is Hypertension?
According to trusty, WebMD, Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) is;
"The most common cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against your artery walls as it goes through your body. Like air in a tire or water in a hose, blood fills your arteries to a point. Just as too much air pressure can damage a tire, or too much water pushing through a garden hose can damage the hose, high blood pressure can hurt your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions like heart disease and stroke."
According to a study conducted by The Lancet blood pressure self-monitoring works!
"Self-monitoring, with or without tele-monitoring, when used by general practitioners to titrate antihypertensive medication in individuals with poorly controlled blood pressure, leads to significantly lower blood pressure than titration guided by clinic readings. With most general practitioners and many patients using self-monitoring, it could become the cornerstone of hypertension management in primary care."
In plain English: when participants self-monitored their blood pressure at home AND update their doctor (hence the tele-monitoring) they saw better results. But, the participants also had a device that reminded them to take their own blood pressure, at home. With all those factors the participants saw significantly lower numbers in a years time.
So, self-regulation and regularly reporting the findings to your doctor can help cut the risk of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
At Home Blood Pressure Test Options
So you might be thinking, what are my options? It's best to discuss with a doctor what tools and devises are up to speed and work for you.
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