For a long time, I never gave much thought to my blood pressure. Each time I had a doctor’s visit, my blood pressure was normal so I didn’t worry about it.
However, on my last visit, it was a bit higher than usual. It wasn’t made into an issue during my visit, but it was a red flag for myself.
It made me realize that age, weight, and other factors begin to affect blood pressure. After my check-up, my spouse and I decided to buy a blood pressure monitor for home use.
We chose the Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Wide-Range ComFit Cuff (BP786). I have been checking my blood pressure daily (morning and night) and it has been a huge eye-opener for me.
When I initially started tracking it, it was still a little high. We then decided to start following the Dash Diet and it has done wonders! We have both dropped 10 pounds and my blood pressure has decreased to a normal level. If you are approaching 40 years of age or are older, I recommend monitoring your blood pressure as well. It is a huge motivating factor for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.
“Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. [source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute]
What is Normal Blood Pressure?
A normal blood pressure reads as: Systolic (top number) less than 120 and Diastolic (bottom number) less than 80.
- Prehypertension: 120 – 139 (Systolic) or 80 – 89 (Diastolic)
- High Blood Pressure Stage 1: 140 – 159 (Systolic) or 90 – 99 (Diastolic)
- High Blood Pressure Stage 2: 160 or higher (Systolic) or 100 or higher (Diastolic)
These ranges apply to adults 18 and over. If you want to know for certain if you have high blood pressure, have it checked by your health care provider. It is the best way to find out for sure, and if you do, your doctor can begin a treatment plan for you.
My Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review
We chose this particular blood pressure monitor because of the great reviews it received on Amazon.com. It is really easy to set-up and use.
It can track blood pressure for two people. You can sync it with the Omron smartphone app as the monitor has bluetooth installed. I find that feature really handy because it logs all of my readings automatically. This is helpful if you want to share the information with your doctor.
The display is large and easy to read. It outputs your Systolic, Diastolic, and heart rate readings. It runs on batteries or you can plug it into an outlet. It doesn’t take up much space and it works similar to the same blood pressure monitors used in a doctor’s office.
Overall, we couldn’t be happier with this monitor.
I feel as we get older it is important to monitor blood pressure. Seeing the numbers makes you realize how important maintaining a healthy lifestyle really is. We have changed our eating habits for the better and we have dropped some pounds already.
It makes us feel so much better and our blood pressure numbers have decreased as well which is awesome.
Do you monitor your blood pressure? If not, are you going to start?