About Home Blood Pressure Monitors

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A person's blood pressure can vary from day to day, and it varies with medications, emotions and what is consumed. Find out how to get a home blood pressure monitor from a pharmacy with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on blood pressure.

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This is about home blood pressure monitors. First I would like to cover why we want to monitor it in the first place. It requires measurement. You cannot guess at your blood pressure just because you don't feel well or you do feel well you cannot tell what your blood pressure is. It varies from day to day. It varies from day to evening. It varies with medications, emotions, what you drink what you eat, at the doctor's office called the White Coat Syndrome. It is usually higher there than when you get home and it is really good to measure because you get to assess your treatment plan and your medications with your doctor. You let them know what it is at home and also he can better diagnose your case. Also if you are on medication you will want to see if your hypertension, if you have been diagnosed with hypertension, increased blood pressure if you have it or not. Now with the monitors there is a digital type which is reads just a digital that you can get from any pharmacy or order on the internet or get from a local equipment company and then there is the Aneroid which is the kind which actually does the manual measurement and I have found that the Aneroid is usually the most accurate, that it is a direct measurement and it's visible and you actually do the measurements yourself.

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