Hypertensive patients need to measure blood pressure regularly
Hypertension refers to a chronic and sustained increase in blood pressure, which maintains a high level, and it can cause damage to organs like the cardiovascular system, kidneys, and retina over time. Hypertension may also increase the risk of major diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease, and myocardial infarction. Therefore, hypertensive patients should measure their blood pressure regularly.
Why do hypertensive patients need to measure their blood pressure regularly?
Regular blood pressure measurements can help hypertensive patients monitor the fluctuations in their blood pressure and understand their health status. It can help them detect disease changes early, and adjust their treatment plans in a timely manner. Blood pressure fluctuations may be caused by multiple factors such as organ condition, stress, diet, exercise, and medication. Adjusting the treatment plan promptly can effectively control blood pressure and reduce health risk caused by hypertension.
How do hypertensive patients measure their blood pressure?
Before measuring blood pressure, hypertensive patients should take a break for 5-10 minutes, avoid coughing or smoking, and do not measure their blood pressure immediately after sports or exercising. During blood pressure measurement, patients should use blood pressure meters correctly in the same time and on the same spot. They should sit upright, put their feet on the ground, and rest their arms on the table or cuff, without crossing their legs, to keep their bodies relaxed during measurement. The best time to measure is at fixed times, such as in the morning, at the midday nap, or in the evening. The results can be evaluated and analyzed by doctors or nurses.
How can hypertensive patients control their blood pressure?
Hypertensive patients can adjust themselves by reducing salt intake, losing weight, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol. They should also receive regular treatment and monitoring from their doctors. Anti-hypertensive medication treatment is an effective method to keep blood pressure stable at normal levels, but individual differences in response can exist. During anti-hypertensive medication treatment, patients should receive regular checkups and evaluations from doctors, along with proper medication dosage and time.
What are the common misunderstandings about hypertension?
Common misunderstandings about hypertension include that hypertensive patients can take anti-hypertensive medication arbitrarily, can avoid measuring blood pressure for a long time, and do not need regular treatment. These misconceptions might pose a threat to hypertensive patients’ health. Hypertensive patients need to measure their blood pressure regularly, receive medical treatment from doctors, and take self-adjusting measures to reduce the health risks caused by hypertension.