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Home Blood Pressure Machine: Keeping Ahead Of Trouble

Dec 6, 2007
Most people, unless they have symptoms which demand immediate attention, limit their visits to the doctor to an annual or semi-annual checkup. As long as everything checks out OK, they don't make many changes in their diet and exercise until it's time for the next physical.

Because hypertension--high blood pressure, also known as the silent killer--usually does not announce its arrival, someone could go for six month to a year, until the next checkup, without having it diagnosed. But there are people, and you may be one of them, who should be keeping track of their high blood pressure on a regular basis.

If high blood pressure is common among your family members, you should be doing things to avoid developing it, but just as importantly, you should be keeping track of your blood pressure so that if it does seem to be elevated over a period of a month or so, you can get to the doctor before it's time for your next physical. You should consider buying a home blood pressure machine.

How A Home Blood Pressure Machine Works

Home blood pressure machines are very similar to the ones the physician's assistant uses to take your blood pressure prior to your annual checkups; except that they do not require you to be trained in reading the gauges. As with the machine in your doctor's office, there is a band which tightened around your upper arm; you use a Velcro attachment instead of a pump to tighten it.

When it feels sufficiently tight--not excruciatingly so--you will press its start button, and the blood pressure machine will spend a few seconds sensing your blood pressure. Your reading will appear in clearly readable figures on the home blood pressure machine's screen.

Where To Buy A Home Blood Pressure Machine

Home blood pressure machines are widely available; you don't even have to go to a medical supplies store to find one. Look for them at any pharmacy, or at any store with a pharmacy department, and you'll be likely to find at least one make of blood pressure machine. Many stores offer a selection of them and you can go with the one which best suits your budget.

If you are already suffering from high blood pressure, check with your health insurance company to see if they will cover the cost of a home blood pressure machine. It would be a low-cost way of saving them some significant money later on.

Home blood pressure meters are easy to operate and easy to read. All you have to do is stick your arm through the band and tighten up the band with the easy to use Velcro attachment. Once your arm is secure, just press the start button and in a few short seconds, your blood pressure will be presented to you on the easy to read screen in large letters. So, if you want to be sure that you always know what your blood pressure is at, then you need to head down to your local drugstore and see if you can purchase a home blood pressure machine.
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