Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
For the millions of women with high blood pressure, occasional blood pressure checks at the doctor's office might not be enough, according to an article in the October 2013 Harvard Women's Health Watch. Health organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Society of Hypertension recommend that people with high blood pressure monitor their pressure at home.
Regularly tracking blood pressure at home can help lower the risk for a heart attack—or other heart-related event—better than intermittent measurements at a doctor's office.
Dr. Randall Zusman, director of the Division of Hypertension at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, recommends home blood pressure monitoring to his patients. "It gives them some feedback about how they're doing, and that helps reinforce the efforts they're making," he says.
When shopping for a blood pressure monitor, look for these features:
Blood pressure falls into three categories:
When blood pressure is high or fluctuates significantly from day to day, it's important to talk with a doctor about starting or changing a treatment plan. "The control of blood pressure is a process that involves both lifestyle modification and drug therapy, and lifestyle modification may be as important, or more important, than drugs," Dr. Zusman says.
Read the full-length article: "How to monitor—and lower—your blood pressure at home".
Also in the October 2013 issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch:
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