Knowing Your Blood Pressure Levels

Although many people believe blood pressure remains stable throughout the day, it is actually a highly dynamic value that responds rapidly to changing conditions.

For example, when you go to your doctor and walk into the exam room, your blood pressure will likely be a bit high.

Blood pressure readings change over time and are usually impacted by emotions, drugs, pain, caffeine and nicotine.

Blood pressure readings can be even higher in medical settings. “White coat hypertension” is a term for a rise in blood pressure, triggered by anxiety in a medical setting.

A blood pressure measurement taken in the doctors examination room, is frequently misleading. In fact, nearly 30% of elevated readings in this setting vary with follow-up testing.

The risk of an inaccurate diagnosis can lead to unnecessary blood pressure medication. 

The US Preventive Task Force advises … definitive diagnosis of hypertension be based on measurements taken away from the doctor’s office, preferably with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

Ambulatory readings are far better predictors of health consequences than those obtained in the doctor’s office.

When ambulatory blood pressure equipment is not available, the next best alternative to confirm an elevated office reading is with home blood pressure measurement.

Readings are made with readily available table-top machines. Machines feature both arm and wrist cuffs-but the arm cuffs are strongly preferred because of better accuracy and reliability.

Very recently, Mid 2016, blood pressure measurements became possible on-demand, from a wearable computing device worn on the wrist. One such device is the  Helo – Health and Lifestyle Oracle,  available world-wide from distributors of Wor(l)d Global Networks.

The Helo uses advanced technology and complex algorithms to estimate the blood pressure. The device can be scheduled at specific invervals and all data is stored on a paired smart phone and in the cloud for subsequent analysis and reporting. The readings generated by the device have been confirmed as very accurate by independent physicians.

Automatic notifications of readings outside the  normal range, for that individual, are sent by Messenger or email to a defined list of care givers or health guardians.

The availability of data over time will provide a better sample of information on which further investigative  analsysis can be based.

More information on the Helo  – Click Here

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