The importance of monitoring your own blood pressure at home on a daily basis is something that cannot be overstated enough. This is especially true if a medical professional has recommended that you do so in the past – typically, these types of recommendations are done for a very good reason. When looking for a home care services provider, you will be looking for someone who can help you with these types of monitoring duties, among others.
To get a better understanding of what types of information you can glean from monitoring your own blood pressure on a daily basis, it can be helpful to understand some of the situations where your blood pressure may rise to begin with. Stress, cold temperatures (especially in areas of the country that experience all four seasons like New York City), an excess of caffeine, certain medications that you’re taking and tobacco smoking can all be contributing factors to an increase in blood pressure.
The process of monitoring your own blood pressure on a daily basis is fairly straightforward and is one that a home health care professional will aid you with. Your blood pressure will be taken with a specific device called a cuff that will be attached to your right arm.
After using your fingers to locate your pulse, the medical professional will secure the cuff to your right arm. They will also commonly use a stethoscope to listen to other important vital signs during this process. The cuff will then be inflated and deflated during this process, at which point the medical professional (or yourself, in the event that you ever monitor your own blood pressure on your own) will pay close attention to both your pulse and the information on the gauge itself. Once the cuff has been allowed time to completely deflate, information will be recorded.
Checking your pulse on a regular basis in this fashion can help identify certain patterns that may be early warning signs of other more serious health problems. It can also help a medical professional properly regulate your blood pressure through medication.