If checking your blood pressure regularly seems tedious, then it may be shocking that according to the American Heart Association, half of adults in America have high blood pressure and may be unaware. Investing in a blood pressure monitor can save you from developing hypertension.
What is hypertension?
Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the vessels.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is defined as a pressure of 130 over 80mmHg that is maintained over a period of time.
A normal pressure is about 120 over 80 mmHg. The first number, the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts. The second number, the diastolic pressure, is the pressure as the heart relaxes.
Causes and complications
Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that is not caused by any other condition. Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that is caused by other conditions in the body, such as diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol.
Stress, obesity, as well as drug and alcohol use, can cause hypertension. Adults over the age of 60 have a greater risk of developing atherosclerosis—the formation of plaque and the narrowing of blood vessels.
A few known complications that come from hypertension are heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and aneurysms.
Before taking medication, the first recommendation to lower your HBP is a lifestyle change. Develop habits that will help you control stress and reduce alcohol consumption and smoking. Consume less salt and fats in your diet. You can monitor your weight by purchasing a scale for your home.
If medication becomes necessary, there are many different kinds that are specific to each individual and their condition. Drugs include diuretics, calcium-channel blockers, beta and alpha blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).
Starting at home
Because there are no visible symptoms, hypertension is difficult to diagnose without the right tools. This is why it is important to check your blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer (a blood pressure monitor) regularly. Medical Supply Depot provides a wide range of affordable monitors like digital wrist monitors or traditional upper arm cuff with a gauge.You can even purchase a combination kit which includes a stethoscope with your sphygmomanometer.
For blood pressure monitors or other supplies for the home, visit Medical Supply Depot at https://www.medicalsupplydepot.com or contact them at tel:(800)965-7496.