Are you one of the 67 million Americans who suffers from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension? Hypertension, which affects 1 in every 3 U.S. Adults if left untreated can lead to stroke or even death (4th leading cause of death). But, this condition, unlike many others can be prevented or even controlled -- if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, take your medication for hypertension as directed by a physician and limit your sodium intake, just to name a few.
What is Blood Pressure?:
Before I became a stay-at-home mom and blogger, I used to be a health educator. One of my roles was to educate patients and the communities about health conditions like hypertension. I would hold free weekly blood pressure clinics where I had both patients and even workers from the hospital I worked at come down and have their blood pressure monitored. Half would come for a blood pressure check as they suffered from hypertension, or were border-line hypertensive. Others had a family history of hypertension or stroke and wanted to help avoid this. But, for whatever reason they came to see me for a blood pressure check, I would always remind them that they were taking the right step in being pro-active about their health. And, on the occasion that a person would show signs of an elevated blood pressure reading, after checking it again, I would suggest that they contact their physician to have it checked further.
If you are a smoker, drink large amounts of alcohol, don't exercise frequently or consume a lot of salty or high sodium foods (including soft drinks), then you may be at risk of developing high blood pressure. Have you had your blood pressure checked recently? If not, why not consider scheduling an annual checkup with your physician, or visit your local pharmacy or grocery store and have your blood pressure checked at one of the kiosk machines. While these machines don't always provide an accurate reading, they will show if you have signs of elevated blood pressure that should be looked at and discussed further with your physician.
My husband, like so many other men, hate going to the doctors. Even when he is sick, he would rather suck it up and lay around the house popping over the counter pills until he feels better. So, when I asked him recently what his blood pressure levels were, he had no idea? And, he couldn't remember the last time he went for a physical. Thankfully, I was recently sent a Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation to review, and put it to good use.
I still go every three-four months for follow up oncology appointments, so I am having my blood pressure checked frequently. But, it is nice to have a blood pressure cuff to use at home, for instances when my family who has high blood pressure come to visit and forget to bring their cuffs for daily readings, or to check my husband's blood pressure from time to time.
The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor was easy to use, and even my husband could figure out how to put on his wrist and take a reading, thanks to the voice guided features. You are alerted when you have the proper positioning on your wrist for a reading, which I love. Back when I was teaching patients how to take their blood pressures at home with either an upper arm or wrist cuff, many would struggle with how to properly place the blood pressure monitor so that they would get an accurate reading. If not placed correctly, patients would get crazy high readers, scaring themselves or making them think they had high blood pressure when they didn't. So, a voice guided feature like this is great for adults of all ages looking to monitor their blood pressure at home for themselves, or at the request of their physician.
Why not be pro-active with your health by monitoring your blood pressure regularly, as well as looking at your overall health and making some healthy lifestyle changes like reducing your consumption of sodium, quitting smoking, exercising more, etc.? Little things can make the world of difference, especially when it comes to preventing hypertension or even stroke.
CardioTech products offer clinically proven technology and are used by physicians and hospitals around the world. Backed by a 5 year warranty, the Ozeri CardioTech Blood Pressure Monitor ships with 2 AAA batteries included, a carrying case and user manual.
Once you have your blood pressure cuff, print out this FREE blood pressure tracking card to keep track of your readings.
And, make a point to bring this tracker card to your next doctor's visit to show your blood pressure readings.
Disclosure: I was sent a product sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.