Blood pressure is simply the force exerted against your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure), and when it is at rest (diastolic pressure). It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and a reading of more than 140 over 80 (140/80) is defined as hyptertension or ‘high blood pressure’.
If you don’t know what your blood pressure is, it’s important to have it checked periodically because you won’t be able to “feel” that it is high. That’s why it is often called the ‘silent killer’. You don’t even know you’re headed toward heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure is most common in adults over 35 and is prevalent in African Ameriancs, middle-aged and elderly people, obese people, heavy drinkers and women on birth control pills.
An easy way to monitor your blood pressure is with a home monitoring device. These are not designed to replace those doctor’s visits, but to merely supplement them. Blood pressure monitirs are inexpensive and easy to use. I highly recommend you take yours into your doctor’s office to make sure it is properly calibrated when compared to theirs.
Best Home Blood Pressure Monitors
Portable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor– This is my favorite. It’s automatic, digital and super easy to use. I had it checked against the one at the doctor’s office and it is accurate. Very affordable.
Premium Talking Digital Blood Pressure Monitor – This bi-lingual (Spanish & English) cutie sports a large LCD screen so you can hear AND see your systolic, diastolic and pulse readings simultaneously. It even provides irregular hearbeat detection.
Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff – This one has an impressive list of features. Clinically proven accuracy. Personalized inflation technology. 90 memory recall with date and time. Storage case. Large LCD panel. AC adapter & batteries included. 5 year warranty. Very nice.
Pro’s Combo II Kit – Comes with a color coordinated, calibrated cuff and a Sprague-Rappaport type stethoscope. Can be used on adults, children and infants. You need to have training to use this one, though!! It’s a professional unit.
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