High blood pressure usually does not cause clear symptoms, and that’s the reason it needs to be check regularly. If you do not visit a doctor, it could go unobserved.
It's reasonably significant. If you have information on how your blood pressure is controlled, you can determine how to treat it. It helps you determine whether to increase or decrease your medicines to fulfil your body's needs.
It is a common condition and does not have any symptoms: Around 1/3 U.S. adults have hypertension or high blood pressure. One out of 3 American adults have prehypertension— blood pressure readings that are not higher than usual, but not also in the high blood pressure range — which may increase the factor of rising high blood pressure.
The important cause of heart failure, stroke, heart attack, and kidney disease is High blood pressure, so as we time of life, it's a serious condition that we all must be more conscious of. Americans-African, especially, should pay careful attention to blood pressure: The overall death rate from high blood pressure was 40 percent for American- African females and 52 percent for African-American males in one year — more than for any other group.
You will need a blood pressure level indicator, also known as a sphygmomanometer.
The steps to measuring your blood pressure at home are given below:
Turn on the unit, then the cuff will inflate by itself with a push of a button when on the automatic models.
After the cuff inflates, the automatic device will slowly let the air out.
Look at the display screen to get your blood pressure reading. It will show your systolic and diastolic pressures. For example, 120/80.
Press the exhaust button to release the rest air from the cuff.
If you need to repeat the measurement, start the above processes after 2 to 3 minutes.
Automatic electronic blood pressure machine
At home, the most accurate and easiest way to measure the blood pressure is to buy an automatic blood pressure monitor with an upper arm cuff.
The directions for use may diverge with each machine, and a person should follow them carefully to ensure proper operation. If the instructions are difficult to understand, the doctor’s office or a local pharmacy will be capable of demonstrating to a person how to control the machine properly.
During their next visit to Doctors, he may ask a person to bring their at-home machine to their office to test the accuracy compared to his reading.
The inaccurate readings may cause needless or injurious changes in medications or treatments, so it is important to use a high-quality machine.
Commonly, when we recommend families on using a home BP monitor, we cover three key topics: when in the day to check, proper technique, and how regularly each week to check.
When in the day to check:
The conservative understanding often suggests checking in the morning before taking medication. However, because the overtreatment of high blood pressure is such a common problem in the elderly, I often suggest that people check BP about an hour after taking any blood pressure medication.
If the adult person uses blood pressure medicine, try to check blood pressure about an hour when you have taken medicine, particularly if there has been any concern about dizziness, falls, or poor balance.
Also, consider checking the blood pressure standing and sitting and if there has been any concern for falls.
Must sure you record what time of day the BP is checked? If you're monitoring BP regularly for a couple of days or weeks or maybe indefinitely, attempt to check at an equivalent time(s) a day.
The most important things to keep in mind are relaxing and the position of the arm.
Do not have the person hold their arm up and out. The arm with the cuff should be properly relaxed. Sometimes this means another person has to hold the arm up at the level of the upper chest.
The upper arm with the BP cuff should be placed at about the close of the heart (upper chest). The best technique to get this done is to have the adult person sit in a chair and rest the arm on a table nearby.
Check the blood pressure when the person is relaxed and quiet. Exercising, Talking, or getting raced up can increase blood pressure.
How often to check:
You can certainly check every day, or even many times every day. But I find that caregivers and aged adults often find checking BP irritating…they typically have many other things to do! So how often to check depends on a (what’s going on with the person’s health, and b) what’s possible for the elder and caregiver?
If there have been no recent medication changes, and the health issues appear stable, do checking BP once a week. This will deliver some “baseline” information so that when a health issue crops up, the doctors will be able to tell if a change in blood pressure seems related to the deteriorated or new symptoms.
If you are anxious about an older person’s health, or if a blood pressure medication has been changed, try examination at least once a day for 7 days.