Test for High Blood Pressure now instead of Waiting to Visit the Doctor
The announcement by these organizations received coverage in mainstream news . The announcements:
- In-office doctor diagnosis can have misleading results, either overestimating or underestimating the results. It is called the “white coat effect” when it is overestimated.
- Home testing will give a more accurate representation or a Big Picture, since blood pressure typically varies throughout the day and doctor visits will not catch that. This might be more representative than the “snapshot” result from a visit to the doctor.
- The quick results from home monitoring can be a great advantage for patients, making them think twice about their eating choices and even motivating them to exercise more.
- Tools for home testing as well as specific advice is provided by The Heart Association.
- Those monitors can cost from $50 to $100 and can be purchased on-line and at drug stores.
Additionally, the group suggests purchasing an automated model, which has the upper arm cut. The British Hypertension Society provides a list of monitors that meet international standards.
Are you feeling you are not tech-savvy enough to help your parents set up a blood pressure machine, much less persuade them to do the monitoring themselves? You should not worry. Clear instructions and toll-free phone numbers with real-person assistance is included with most monitors.