Hypertension is known as the silent killer. Most people will not show
any symptoms, and it is most often discovered during a doctor’s visit.
The good news is, in most all cases, once hypertension is discovered it
can be controlled. Under the guidance of their doctor, a regime of
exercise, diet, and/or medication will be prescribed for patients with
Patients with hypertension will more than likely be asked to keep track
of their blood pressure between office visits. People with
pre-hypertension may also want to chart theirs to make sure it does not
rise to hypertension levels. For some people, it is difficult to get an
accurate pressure reading at the doctor’s office. These people suffer
from what is termed “white coat syndrome”, they become extremely nervous
while at the doctor. This causes their pressure to increase temporarily
so the doctor does not have an accurate reading from their blood pressure equipment. These people are able to know, and track, their own
readings by having a blood pressure monitor at home.
There is a variety of types of equipment available for home use. It is
vital to buy a home blood pressure monitor that is suitable for the
person using it.
Digital equipment is popular and easy to read. There is a LCD type of
display that shows the pressure and pulse readings. Digital blood pressure equipment has a blood pressure cuff and gauge. With these types
of monitors, the cuff is placed and then a button is pushed to start
the readings. The cuff will tighten as the readings are being taken,
then release automatically as the results are displayed. There are
monitors available with wrist or arm cuffs.
The other type of home blood pressure monitor is manual. With these
monitors, the cuff is inflated by pumping a bulb that is attached via a
tube. A stethoscope is used to check the blood pressure which is then
recorded on a gauge. This type of blood pressure equipment takes some
practice, and sometimes requires a helper to get the job done.
It is particularly important to be sure to purchase a blood pressure cuff that fits properly. Smaller adults and children may need a special
cuff, in addition, larger adults may need a larger cuff.
When charting their readings, people should include the time of the day
it was taken. They will find that it fluctuates throughout the day, and
after certain activities. It might be wise to consider taking ones
pressure at the same time each day, this would make daily comparisons
It is essential to be still and relaxed while using a home blood
pressure monitor. Sitting down in a comfortable position and taking a
few minutes to relax is recommended.