Patients often underestimate how dangerous high blood pressure can be – plenty of people just don’t take it very seriously. But they should.
According to research, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. In fact, it has been estimated that this condition is the primary cause of over 400,000 deaths per year – that amounts to more than 1, 100 deaths per day.
As a pharmacy in Warren Michigan, we are giving you advice on how to keep your blood pressure at bay, especially during times of great stress.
- Get a blood pressure monitor of your own, preferably one where the cuff goes on your upper arm
You can buy this from us at Warren Care Pharmacy. We have all the medical supplies a person needs to control and manage blood pressure. Note: Make sure the cuff is the right size for you – not too tight and not too loose.
- Relax for at least 5 minutes before you take your blood pressure
Make sure that your monitor’s cuff is on your bare skin and not over your clothes.
- Check your blood pressure on different times of the day
Record the results and bring them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.
Blood pressure greater than 180/120 mm Hg is called a hypertensive crisis.
If you aren’t having any symptoms, it may be reasonable to wait 5 minutes and check it again before contacting your health care professional. If you are having any concerning symptoms such as chest or back pain, shortness of breath, numbness or weakness or difficulty with your vision or speaking, you should call 911 immediately.
Pharmaceutical services in Michigan often include free blood pressure screenings. Ask your local pharmacy the next time you drop by to get your medication.