BP Home Monitor Manual

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FINDING THE RIGHT BLOOD PRESSURE HOME MONITOR

Our children are obese, either have or being threatened by diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and not socially adjusting properly to others because of a lack of fitness.

Home blood pressure monitors may be useful to some older adults who've suffered a stroke, but little help to others, a new study suggests.

IN THIS APP YOU WILL GET INFORMATION ON FINDING THE RIGHT BLOOD PRESSURE HOME MONITOR

** How to take blood pressure at home?

** Checking blood pressure at home saves time

** What is the best at home blood pressure monitor?

**What is Blood Pressure Home Monitor?

To help control high blood pressure, also called hypertension, research has shown that monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in addition to regular monitoring in a healthcare provider's office. Your doctor may recommend that you monitor your blood pressure at home if:

•You have been diagnosed with pre-hypertension systolic --- top --- number between 120 and 139 mm Hg OR diastolic --- bottom --- number between 80 and 89 mm Hg
•You have been diagnosed with hypertension systolic 140 mm Hg or above OR diastolic 90 mm Hg or above

• Why is home monitoring important?

• Charting provides a "time-lapse picture"
Your healthcare provider will want an accurate picture of the situation inside your arteries. One measurement taken at the doctor's office is like a snapshot. It tells what your blood pressure is at that moment. Since there are no symptoms for HBP and no way to sense fluctuations in blood pressure, measuring is the only way to get the facts. Readings can vary throughout the day and can be temporarily influenced by factors such as emotions, diet and medication. A record of readings taken over time can provide you and your healthcare provider a clearer picture of your blood pressure. It can be like a time-lapse picture or movie, providing information on what is happening with your blood pressure over time.

• Charting can help eliminate false readings
Some people experience anxiety when at a doctor's office, which leads to temporarily higher readings. This condition is known as "white-coat hypertension." At the other extreme, some individuals have normal readings in a professional's office but elevated readings outside the office. This condition is often referred to as "reverse white-coat hypertension" or "masked hypertension."
• Who should home monitor?
Home monitoring may be especially useful for:
• Patients starting HBP treatment to determine its effectiveness

• Patients requiring closer monitoring than intermittent office visits provide, especially individuals with coronary heart disease, diabetes and/or kidney disease

• Pregnant women since preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension can develop rapidly

• People who have some high readings at the doctor's office, to rule out white-coat hypertension and confirm true HBP

• Elderly patients, because the white-coat effect increases progressively with age

• People suspected of having masked hypertension

**Who should not home monitor?

People with atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmia's may not be good candidates for home monitoring. Why? Oscillometric-method monitoring devices recommended for use at home may not be able to give accurate measurements for people with these conditions. If your healthcare professional recommends home monitoring, have your monitor's readings compared to readings taken by the auscultatory method. In this monitoring method, the professional uses a manual blood pressure cuff and stethoscope to listen to the blood pulsing through your brachial artery.

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