BP Basics

When Should You Take Your Blood Pressure?

Hypertension is also called high blood pressure, a silent killer with symptoms that are usually vague and non-conclusive. As such it is tough to identify the illness without actually measuring your blood pressure. If the disease is diagnosed at an early stage,  you may be able to treat the disease without resorting to medications, by incorporating lifestyle changes and modifying the associated risk factors. But the question is how and when should you take your blood pressure?

You need to take your blood pressure every now and then to make sure that you are not  suffering either from high blood pressure or low blood pressure. So if the question arises that when should you take your blood pressure, the answer would be on a regular basis.

The symptoms of blood pressure are rather vague and the complications, rather serious. Have your blood pressure checked at a quick interval. If you feel dizziness or faintness, you may be suffering from low blood pressure, but the best way to know is to actually check your blood pressure.

It is seen that some people have to take their blood pressure readings quite often. People who have a family history of hypertension, or are overweight or have a diet high in salt content or who may be genetically prone or who may be leading a stressful life should have their blood pressure taken regularly as they are prone to suffer from hypertension.

Health professionals recommend that a person needs to take his blood pressure readings if the person feels that he has irregular heart rate and feels anxious even in a normal environment. This way the condition can be monitored and decisions made about the treatment. A number of health professionals  enthusiastically endorse the practice of taking blood pressure readings at home as there are a wide variety of factors and conditions which can result in high blood pressure.

Hypertension or high blood pressure may be the result of several factors such as environmental tendencies, unhealthy diet or  smoking. You can measure your blood pressure through blood pressure monitors and blood pressure kits. If a person shows reading of 140/90 for three consecutive times, the person is said to be suffering from high blood pressure. 

Your physician will check your blood pressure and tell you the future course of action if he diagnoses  high or low blood pressure. It is your health care specialist who will tell you how many times and in what manner you should take your blood pressure. Assessing your blood pressure and maintaining an evidence of the blood pressure readings will help you and your physician to decide on your blood pressure levels and any treatment if required.