Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.Usually, high blood pressure has no signs or symptoms. However, you can know if your blood pressure is high by having it checked regularly.For people with diagnosed high blood pressure, occasional blood pressure checks at the doctor’s office is often not enough.
If you need more convincing that you should track your blood pressure at home. Keeping tabs on your BP at home can help doctors make an earlier diagnosis, give you feedback about how you’re doing and help reinforce any efforts you are making.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. The force is generated with each heartbeat as blood is pumped from the heart into the blood vessels. The size and elasticity of the artery walls also affect blood pressure. Each time the heart beats (contracts and relaxes), pressure is created inside the arteries.
Levels of high blood pressure
- Elevated blood pressure.The top number ranges from 120 to 129 mm Hg and the bottom number is below, not above, 80 mm Hg.
- Stage 1 hypertension.The top number ranges from 130 to 139 mm Hg or the bottom number is between 80 and 89 mm Hg.
- Stage 2 hypertension.The top number is 140 mm Hg or higher or the bottom number is 90 mm Hg or higher.
Blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg is considered a hypertensive emergency or crisis.
What is chronic hypertension?
Hypertension is chronically elevated blood pressures that increase one’s risk for adverse events. Predominantly, heart failure, kidney disease, coronary artery disease, and strokes.
Fluctuation in blood pressure throughout the day
Blood pressure isn’t some straight line. It is normal that everyone’s going to have some fluctuation in blood pressure over the course of the day. It’s important to understand that these are based on things that we do. And they’re based on the 24 hour cycle, the so-called circadian variation of blood pressure.
How to monitor your blood pressure at home and get regular checkups?
Sit for a full five minute before you check blood pressure, feet flat on the floor, arm supported at heart height, and back supported and straight. Tips from American Heart Association on how to use a home blood pressure monitor:
- Be still. Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Empty your bladder and ensure at least 5 minutes of quiet rest before measurements.
- Sit correctly. Sit with your back straight and supported (on a dining chair, rather than a sofa). Your feet should be flat on the floor and your legs should not be crossed. Your arm should be supported on a flat surface (such as a table) with the upper arm at heart level. Make sure the bottom of the cuff is placed directly above the bend of the elbow.
- Measure at the same time every day.It’s important to take the readings at the same time each day, such as morning and evening. It is best to take the readings daily however ideally beginning 2 weeks after a change in treatment and during the week before your next appointment.
- Take multiple readings and record the results. Each time you measure, take two or three readings one minute apart and record the results. Mintti-Vision has built-in memory to store your readings and can upload your readings to the cloud after you register your profile.
- Don’t take the measurement over clothes.
What can Mintti-Vision help check blood pressure and other vital signs for you at home?
Mintti-Vision Health Monitor is intended to be used for measuring, displaying, reviewing and storing of blood pressure, ECG, blood oxygen and temperature in the home or in healthcare facilities.
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