Several people learn to monitor their own blood pressure levels to minimize frequent visits to doctor just for BP check-up. By keeping an eye on your own blood pressure, you can give your physician an idea of the way in which your blood pressure alters with different activities. It will also help you understand whether the present treatments are working well or not.
The Basics First
You can buy a blood pressure monitor at the pharmacy and easily learn to take readings. However, ascertaining that the blood pressure reading is precise can be slightly tricky at the beginning; but, it all depends upon your skills, and accuracy of the equipment.
To measure blood pressure level, put on the cuff as per the guidelines specified in your device’s manual. Ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. If you uncomfortable or anxious, it can temporarily increase your blood pressure, and give wrong results.
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Stay calm, and still when taking readings as talking or any other kind of movement can also affect the reading. It is advised to take around 2-3 readings, with around 2 minutes gap between each, and calculate the average. Record the readings for further comparisons or to show it to your doctor during the next visit.
Here are few tips for using blood pressure monitors the right way so as to get accurate results.
Wear the Cuff Right
Position the cuff perfectly on the arm always in order to get a precise reading. Usually, a cuff is tightened on the patient’s left arm. When measuring the blood pressure, the gauge has to be kept straight. It is essential to place the stethoscope also in the right position, just under the secured cuff on the left arm.
Maintain the Correct Posture
When measuring the blood pressure, be seated in an erect and comfortable position. Do not keep the cuff on your clothes, but rather on your left arm’s bare skin.
There are few more things that should be considered before measuring blood pressure. Don’t ever take a reading after an exercise; instead, take it just before you leave for a workout during early mornings. Before checking, do not use products rich in nicotine, tobacco, alcohol or caffeine if you want precise readings. All of these can hike your blood pressure slightly. Also, avoid measuring the pressure level after a heavy meal. Before taking the readings, make sure that you rest for at least five minutes.
Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Your Diet to Improve Blood Pressure Levels
Fats, as a nutrient group, have been unfairly demonized. Omega-3s are the unsaturated fatty acids comprising of EicosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA),polyunsaturated trio of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 fatty acids reduce arterial plaque and triglycerides (blood fats) and maintain healthy blood pressure levels in the human body. Salmon fish is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and if you are a vegan, you can also take natural health supplement pills that contain concentrated Omega-3 fatty acids.
Follow these simple tips when you measure blood pressure levels to get accurate readings, and to keep things under check.
This article is written by Ashley Hawkins. She is a freelance writer from Michigan. She writes about health related topics. You can follow her on twitter @itsmeashley2013.