Approximately one third of all American adults have high blood pressure.
About 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% who have a first stroke, and 74% who have congestive heart failure have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
Tracking blood pressure is essential to assure that your blood pressure doesn’t escalate and cause you to become a statistic.
Why is Tracking Blood Pressure Important?
Seems like a simple, obvious question. But sadly, many do not know how severe high blood pressure can be and how tracking blood pressure can be life changing or life saving.
Adults of all ages are affected by high blood pressure, but the chances and prevalence of high blood pressure increases with age.
Most adults in their 20s and 30s usually do not deal with high blood pressure worries, so they tend to eat whatever they want and throw caution to the wind.
However, 15 to 20 years down the line, repercussions from past decisions collide with the effects of age as well as not tracking blood pressure like they should.
The result is high blood pressure and higher risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
When and Where Do I Track My Blood Pressure?
For those who do not have high blood pressure and are under 50, it is recommended that you check your blood pressure every 5 years.
Those with high blood pressure and/or are over 50 should get their blood pressure checked once a year.
Getting your blood pressure checked is made incredibly easy in a couple of ways.
First of all, it is completely painless and only takes about a minute. There is no excuse of being afraid of needles or not having the time.
Second of all, you don’t even have to make a doctor’s appointment! Many pharmacies have a free blood pressure machine that will accurately tell you your blood pressure levels.
Make sure you record you reading in a safe spot that you can pull up when you need it.
Check your number online to see if it’s healthy or not. If it’s not, call your doctor to discuss the best way to lower your blood pressure.
Another option is an at-home blood pressure machine that you can purchase from a pharmacy or online. It is more convenient than needing to go elsewhere to test blood pressure, but it can be pricey and you need to make sure to use it according to instructions.
Though it’s not free or maybe cheap, the doctor’s may be your safest and best bet to get a full blood pressure check up. They will use the same pump mechanism to read your blood pressure. But the doctor will have suggestions for you if you need to lower your blood pressure like prescribed medication or l-arginine supplements.
Tracking your blood pressure will also be much easier through a doctor since they can follow up with you and keep all your history on record, which may be more reliable than you jotting it down on your own.
When to Be Concerned
Your doctor will tell you if your numbers are too high and to be concerned, but there are ways you can check as well.
Here is a chart of what your blood pressure numbers means and how you can track them and keep them from going too high:
Being 120/80 is normal, but anything higher is counted as pre-hypertension and high blood pressure.
If you have pre-hypertension, you should be concerned because you do not want your blood pressure to go any higher.
At this point, you’ve entered a dangerous zone where, if not taken care of, your blood pressure can shoot up and cause serious problems to your health.
Talk to your doctor to get your blood pressure under control by tracking it and using suggestions your doctor gives you.
If you already have high blood pressure, changing your diet and exercise routines can greatly benefit your health and drop your numbers down.
Taking your health seriously will produce the best result and health you can have.