5 reasons to keep track of your Blood Pressure measurements

21 Jul

Over the past few months when SmartBP was being developed, many people have asked me “Ok sure I can measure my blood pressure at home and with today’s technology I can share it with my physician anywhere and anytime. But is it really important that I record all my readings? I don’t even know if its important that I measure my blood pressure, let alone maintain all my measurements” So is keeping track of your blood pressure measurements really that important? Ofcourse it is. Here are 5 reasons why you need to regularly measure your blood pressure and record your measurements:

1) Accuracy: In the Doctor’s office blood pressure measurements maybe inaccurate due to white coat hypertension, a phenomenon where blood pressure is elevated due to anxiety. We can all be a bit unnerved in a clincial setting. Measuring blood pressure at home regularly and averaging these measurements can produce a more accurate assessment of your condition.

2) Motivation: Like looking at your weighing scale everyday in the morning and pushing yourself to get achieve your target weight goals, regularly monitoring your blood pressure can motivate you to set a goal and achieve it. An increase of 20 mmHg systolic and 10 mmHg diastolic doubles the risk of heart disease.

3) Baselining: Blood pressure changes and fluctuates throughout the day. Therefore baselining is important so that your doctor understands where you really are and where your really need to be.

4) Silent Killer: High blood pressure has no symptoms which is why it is also referred to as a silent killer. Untreated hypertension (or high blood pressure) increases the risk of heart, blood vessels and kidney diseases. Therefore it is important to be proactive and track your blood pressure regularly.

5) Track your Progress: In addition to your doctor, family and friends it is really you who needs to be actively involved in your health. Being informed and tracking the progress you are making can put you in a better position to make informed decisions for lifestyle modifications and medications. As the bandwidth of most healthcare professionals is limited, you will need to make the time for yourself to be in control of your health. Keeping track of your blood pressure measurements helps you analyze results and the progress you are making. This helps you to figure out if a certain diet, medication or any other treatment plan has proven effective.

 

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