Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about why it makes sense to use a wrist blood pressure monitor. One of the most irritating things about having your blood pressure measured is having to deal with the discomfort involved in using arm blood pressure monitors that more often than not entail having to endure a lot of discomforting pressure that is applied in order to get a reading. This is why the makers of blood pressure monitors have come up with an alternative type of monitor in the form of a wrist blood pressure monitor which provides a number of advantages over the arm blood pressure monitors.
In fact, an arm blood pressure monitor might not fit on every person’s arm because the weight of a persons body influences the circumference of their upper arms, so it often becomes necessary to purchase additional numbers of cuffs to suit different arm sizes. An alternative to this is to buy a wrist blood pressure monitor that does away with the need to buy special cuffs to suit different arm circumferences.
A wrist blood pressure monitor can also prove to be more effective in helping various family members to use the same device in order to measure their blood pressure. Furthermore, such a monitor is smaller than the arm monitor and it is also a lot easier to use. A wrist blood pressure monitor comes with a display screen that provides easy-to-read readouts of your blood pressure and such monitors cost less and are also not very heavy either.
For between $40-100 you can purchase a good wrist blood pressure monitor and of course the more features that are included in the wrist blood pressure monitor the higher will be its cost. You can choose to purchase your wrist blood pressure monitor online or from a neighborhood medical outlet or even from a pharmacy.
To use your wrist blood pressure monitor requires that you ensure that the monitor is kept at about the level of your heart at the time of taking the reading. Please be sure to follow the instructions when using the wrist monitor because misuse can give inaccurate readings.
The quality of the wrist digital blood pressure monitor has improved over the years and can now provide fairly accurate readings.
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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.
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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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