Category Archives: blood pressure

What’s White Coat Hypertension?

 

The first time I came across the question – what’s white coat hypertension, I was in the doctors waiting to have my blood pressure taken.  I had recently moved to a new area and the doctor’s surgery had a policy of giving all new patients a check up to make sure you were healthy and didn’t need to go straight onto a drug!  I’m sorry if I sound cynical but I do feel sometimes, that drugs are pushed onto us when a natural treatment would be more effective, have no side effects and prove to be much cheaper. Continue reading What’s White Coat Hypertension?

Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 4

I am reviewing what I think are the 4 best blood pressure monitors for home use over the next week including:

I will be giving you all the pros and cons of each one, including:

  • HoMedics BPA-2000-EUthe price
  • their accuracy
  • their reading time
  • value for money
  • ease of use and clarity of display
  • portability
  • comfort

I have purposely ignored all the wrist monitors purely because so many people have a problem getting an accurate reading from them.  This is probably not because of the units themselves but more to do with the ease of placing the monitor correctly on the wrist.  The cuff monitors are renowned for being generally more accurate because the cuff is placed on a larger area ie. the upper arm and this placement is not quite so critical as the wrist monitor placement. Continue reading Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 4

Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 3

I am reviewing 4 of the popular and I think best blood pressure monitors for home use over the next week including:

I will be giving you all the pros and cons of each one, including:

  • Omron M7 monitorthe price
  • their accuracy
  • their reading time
  • value for money
  • ease of use and clarity of display
  • portability
  • comfort

I have purposely ignored all the wrist monitors purely because so many people have a problem getting an accurate reading from them.  This is probably not because of the units themselves but more to do with the ease of placing the monitor correctly on the wrist.  The cuff monitors are renowned for being generally more accurate because the cuff is placed on a larger area ie. the upper arm and this placement is not quite so critical as the wrist monitor placement. Continue reading Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 3

Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 2

 

IBPmonitorI am reviewing what I think are the 4 best blood pressure monitors for home use over the next week including:

I will be giving you all the pros and cons of each one, including:

  • the price
  • their accuracy
  • their reading time
  • value for money
  • ease of use and clarity of display
  • portability
  • comfort

I have purposely ignored all the wrist monitors purely because so many people have a problem getting an accurate reading from them.  This is probably not because of the units themselves but more to do with the ease of placing the monitor correctly on the wrist.  The cuff monitors are renowned for being generally more accurate because the cuff is placed on a larger area ie. the upper arm and this placement is not quite so critical as the wrist monitor placement. Continue reading Best Blood Pressure Monitors – Home Use – Part 2

Blood Pressure and Magnesium Deficiency – Part 2

The health risks of high blood pressure

Heart attack and stroke

Heart Attack
Heart Attack by Blausen Medical Communications

If your blood pressure is between 90 and 120 systolic, that is considered to be healthy as your risk of cardio vascular disease and stroke is minimal.  At 140 systolic blood pressure you will have twice the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than if your level was normal.   This is the level at which your doctor will likely prescribe medication to bring your blood pressure down.  You will also probably be advised to change your diet to healthier options, take more exercise and lose some weight if you are, in fact, overweight.  At a level of 160 systolic pressure, your risk is doubled yet again ie. you are 4 times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than if your blood pressure was normal.  So for every 20mmHg rise, your risk of death from a heart attack or stroke doubles, so at a level of 180 systolic you are 8 times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke and the  risk goes on up the scale. Continue reading Blood Pressure and Magnesium Deficiency – Part 2