Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Should You Be Monitoring Your Blood Pressure At Home?

By Coleen Elkins

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in your arteries as it is pumped around your body by your heart. Hypertension or high blood pressure usually does not have symptoms. It can however lead to serious health issues. High blood pressure is a known factor in developing cardiovascular disease.

Measuring your blood pressure at home is easy and relatively inexpensive as a reliable machine can be purchased at drug store and other retail outlets. It is best to be relaxed an sitting when taking your blood pressure. Blood pressure is recorded in two numbers such as 120/80. The larger number (systolic pressure)indicates to pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps out blood during each beat. The lower number (diastolic pressure) indicates the pressure as the heart relaxes before the next beat.

Studies are finding those that monitor their blood pressure at home can reduce their healthcare costs and it is also saving insurance companies money in paid out claims. This is raising the question should home monitors be covered by health insurance for those at risk?

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