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We exist here to, yes, let you know about blood pressure monitors but we want to do more than that. We want to let you know about all aspects of high blood pressure and its treatment. We want to share our best understanding of how hypertension comes about and what you can do about it.
Now don’t get us wrong. We definitely don’t want anything you read here to replace the advice you get from your physician. However we do think that the more you know as background, the better questions you be able to ask and the more you will get out of every visit with your doctor.
Without getting too much into politics, government policies and pressures from insurance companies are making more and more difficult for physicians to spend as much time as they would like with their patients. That’s one reason why you want to get as much as you can out of every office visit. But there’s more to it than that.
There’s only so much even the best physician can do. When it comes down to it, a majority of health problems have a lot to do with lifestyle choices. sometimes we just need to take charge of our health ourselves.
If someone cleans up their diet, exercises appropriately, never smokes and maintains emotional balance their health definitely improves. Better yet, if they undertake some of these changes in advance health problems never rise. That’s real prevention.
A lot of people talk about preventive health care, but they don’t really mean it. They’re either only paying lipservice to the idea or what they’re really talking about is early detection, not prevention. For example politicians want to sell screening mammograms or Pap smears as “preventive care” but neither one of those exams prevents cancer. All they do is detect it at an early stage.
Early detection is all well and good, but it’s not prevention.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. However, if it’s identified and treated them brought down to normal levels the increased risk goes away. That’s prevention.
But before you can treat high blood pressure you need to know you have it. Making a diagnosis is straightforward: you just need to get your blood pressure measured.
Which brings us to blood pressure monitors. Personally, I don’t think getting screamed for high blood pressure once a year or so is adequate. I also don’t think that sporadic measurements necessarily give an accurate impression of what your overall, on average blood pressure is.
For example, some people get high readings when they’re in the doctors office simply because they’re a little nervous being examined. This is the so-called “white coat syndrome”.
On the other hand, some people have normal readings in the doctors office will run high blood pressure all day long when they’re under stress at work.
Our modest proposal is that every family should have a blood pressure monitor and use it regularly. It used to be that hypertension was just an issue for adults. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. Just like diabetes, high blood pressure is starting to affect teenagers as well.
Certainly anyone that’s already been diagnosed with hypertension should measure their blood pressure regularly to make sure that treatment is adequate.
So we are here to educate you about high blood pressure in general, and to encourage you to find the blood pressure monitor that’s right for you and use it regularly. One of the great things about today’s world is the technology available. The blood pressure monitors out there today are easy to use, automatic, accurate and affordable. There really is no reason not to get one and make it part of your overall health plan.