Saturday, January 10, 2009
On my other blog, I wrote about my father who had his instance of high blood pressure which really scared us off. His first attack was two years ago, but then he had to maintain his medications and have had is regular visits to his doctor. However, since we live in an Island which is miles away from the hospital, he was advised to buy his own blood monitor so he can do it at home, while I did insist as well to buy one for him. When we all learned the risk of it, we were terrified of having another attack which was possible (we all thought) due to family problems we were facing right then. In addition to this data-skewing "White Coat Syndrome", a fear occurring when one enters a hospital or doctor's office, which creates a change in normal heart rate. This was one of the reasons too why we saw the necessity of buying monitor for his blood pressure, for an easy relief of this mentioned syndrome and to cut back his visits to his doctor's office.
Blood pressure measurement seems to be a very simple thing to do. Actually, there are a number of precautions that need to be taken. High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms. Some people may not find out they have it until they have trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys. That's why blood pressure monitors are necessary to constantly check anytime at home.
If you have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or any other ailment resulting from high blood pressure, it is imperative to properly monitor yourself. By doing so, you can more easily make the necessary changes to your lifestyle by finding the exact times of day, foods, or activities that increase your blood pressure. Through this knowledge, you will more easily relieve your body of this burden.