Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk abou why it pays to use an automatic blood pressure monitor. The introduction of an automatic blood pressure monitor has certainly made it a lot easier for a person to measure their blood pressure. These modern day blood pressure monitors, sometimes referred to as digital blood pressure monitors, are able to calculate precisely what your blood pressure is and do so without need for any kind of manual intervention. All you really need to do is press the start key and then the automatic blood pressure monitor will automatically inflate as well as deflate the cuffs after which the readings are displayed on the screen in a matter of a few seconds.
A number of different manufacturers are making these automatic blood pressure monitors and names such as Omron and Lifesource as well as Microlife are quite famous already. However, before buying your automatic blood pressure monitor you must be aware of the three different types that include the arm and wrist as well as finger blood pressure monitors. Each one works on the same basic principles, which are of course to automatically measure a person’s blood pressure.
At the same time, each of these three different kinds of automatic blood pressure monitors are different in a number of ways as seen in the kind of technologies used and also in the different advanced modes. Lifesource, for example, provides users with their automatic blood pressure monitors that are able to inform you of your blood pressure reading through speech readings and so is certainly more advanced than the competing brands.
The Omron HEM-790IT is another good example of an automatic blood pressure monitor that makes use of a technology known as IntelliSense® that helps in providing most accurate blood pressure readings. In addition, the HEM is very fast and it comes with the Comfit cuffs that will fit in well in most different arm sizes and it is also an automatic blood pressure monitor that can also detect irregularities in the patient’s heartbeats, and of course this device works silently and is easy to use. It even comes with sufficient memory to hold two hundred distinct readings related two separate individuals and it also comes with a 5 year warranty.
A home blood pressure monitor that also has a PC interface is a very useful device that can always keep a person informed about their blood pressure readings. In fact, such devices are able to provide you with a history of your past blood pressure readings and this is the kind of information that can prove to be very useful when diagnosing blood pressure problems. It is certainly worth learning more about such blood pressure monitors.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
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Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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