High blood pressure or hypertension, is rarely accompanied by noticeable symptoms. It places extra strain on blood vessels and other body organs. If left untreated, it significantly increases your risk of life-threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, aneurysms and dementia. Heart disease alone is responsible for about 6.5 million deaths a year worldwide.
Sudden low blood pressure or high blood pressure ( hypotension) may cause dizziness, fainting and injurious falls. Severe hypotension can be life-threatening since it deprives your body of necessary oxygen to function normally, resulting in heart and brain damage. In this article, I will focus on blood pressure and its effects on the heart.
Monitoring blood pressure at home is crucial for anyone who has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends regular blood pressure monitoring because it assists your health provider evaluate if the prescribed treatment is working. One of the best ways to monitor your blood pressure at home is through the HELO Wristband, a superior health tracker offering complete health monitoring.
Blood pressure monitors are an effective way to prevent blood pressure complications and even death. They can alert you when your blood pressure readings are too low or when they are too high. Your doctor should provide instructions on how often to monitor and when. Either way, you need to know right away if your readings go outside of your prescribed limits.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Home monitoring does not substitute for your regular visits to the physician. Neither does it signal an end to taking your prescribed medication without consulting your doctor. Even when your readings appear normal during home blood pressure monitoring, if you are on blood pressure lowering medication, do not stop taking it.
Home monitoring is advised for
- Pregnant women with preeclampsia and/or pregnancy-induced hypertension
- People who are beginning high blood pressure medication
- Individuals with conditions linked to high blood pressure and/or those with risk factors and require close monitoring
- Evaluating “masked” hypertension and “white coat” hypertension
- Increased thirst
- Trouble concentrating
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination (peeing)
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Weight loss
- Blood Sugar over 175
How to Select a Home Blood Pressure Monitor
Use this guide to choose a monitor for home use. Take note that when selecting blood pressure monitors for pregnant women, seniors, or children, ensure it is specifically validated for your particular circumstances. Once you have a monitor, carry it to your next doctor’s appointment to confirm correct usage and accurate readings.
Digital blood pressure monitors vary greatly in price, based on the extra features the monitor comes with. A digital monitor with extra features is not necessary, especially if you cannot afford it. Select a home blood pressure monitor you can afford. What’s important is to obtain accurate readings. You can use a pen and notebook to record them.
A digital or fully automatic monitor is the easiest to use for home monitoring. For continued accuracy and consistency in results, your blood pressure monitor must be calibrated. Since the monitor works automatically, you must re-calibrate it no less than once every two years. Re-calibration may mean sending the monitor back to the manufacturer and may require some payment.
2. The Right Cuff Size
Upper-arm blood pressure monitors are equipped with a cuff to be wrapped around your arm. Ensure that the blood pressure monitor cuff fits well, by using the measurement around your upper arm. This is the midway point between your elbow and shoulder. Cuff sizes can be selected from the chart available online. The correct size cuff is important because a wrong size will result in an incorrect blood pressure reading.
Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
For people who experience pain during blood pressure measurements, or have very large arms, a wrist blood pressure monitor is ideal. The downside is that some may be big and bulky. For these blood pressure monitors to be accurate, they must be utilized exactly as directed because they are very sensitive to your body position.
To obtain accurate readings using a wrist monitor, your wrist and arm must be at your heart level. Many people just put their hand over their heart while the monitor is taking your blood pressure. To standardize your monitor, carry it with you on your next doctor’s appointment. The doctor will measure your blood pressure with your wrist monitor and a standard upper arm monitor to check for accuracy.
The Omron Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
The Omron wrist blood pressure monitor provides accurate readings on the go. The monitors are compact, lightweight, portable and simple. You can obtain precise blood pressure readings anytime and anywhere. These blood pressure monitors are recommended by pharmacists and doctors as home blood pressure monitors.
Their advanced technology automatically averages and shows your last 3 readings taken within a period of 10 minutes. It may be uncomfortable or even painful to have 3 readings taken in succession. These monitors also lack the “talk-out-loud” feature. This may cause you to miss your readings and therefore not act on time.
The HELO Wristband Monitor
The HELO LX is a new breed of health monitoring wearable technology that comes with 24/7 continuous real time monitoring of all your vital statistics (Pulse, EKG, Breath Rates (and more) including advanced blood pressure monitoring capacity. Data from all of your readings is collected on your mobile phone and then transmitted to the cloud. There is an app that allows you to send this data to your health professional to establish a baseline for your vital readings. It also has an alert feature that will text you or anyone on your list when your blood pressure or any of your vitals exceeds or goes below prescribed limits.
You can take measurements easily and quietly as you go about your daily life.
The selected data can be collected at selected intervals varying from 5 mins to every 2 hours. This information is synced wirelessly to an app on your smartphone. Soon there will be an option for your data can be transmitted directly to the web without having to have a smartphone.
In addition, The HELO LX has Germanium stone technology that enhances blood circulation through increased blood oxygenation. It is ideal for people with erratic, low or high blood pressure, hypertension and cardiovascular problems.
The Germanium stones also support increased circulation, reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant.
Don’t let heart disease end your life or that of your loved ones. Take charge of your health today. We are speaking about your overall health, not just your Blood Pressure. Use the comprehensive HELO Health Monitoring Device to support your Blood Pressure and more of your health parameters all in one light, easy to use wristband.