Manage your health with an Omron upper arm blood pressure monitor
In this day and age, you no longer need to book an appointment to see your GP weeks in advance, drive to the clinic, sit in the waiting room for hours, and then finally get assisted just to get your blood pressure tested. Now, from the comfort of your own home, you can monitor your blood pressure with an Omron upper arm blood pressure device.What causes high blood pressure?High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common condition. It occurs when your blood against your artery walls is high enough to cause serious health troubles. Problems can arise if your blood pressure reaches over 120 mm Hg, which means you have moved out of the normal range. When you are experiencing high blood pressure, you may feel lightheaded or dizzy, or have a pounding feeling in your chest or head.
The risk factors for high blood pressure include age, race, family history, too much salt or potassium in your diet, smoking, or being overweight or obese. If you fit into any of these categories, it is important to monitor your blood pressure to avoid any medical emergencies.How does an upper arm blood pressure monitor work?
Fortunately, blood pressure monitors are relatively painless and non-invasive. If you’ve donated blood or been a patient in a hospital, you most likely have had this device fitted to your upper arm.
Simply wrap the cuff around your upper arm, wait a minute, and then press ‘start.’ Remain as still as possible for the machine to give an accurate reading. The cuff will then inflate. Many people experience a tightness, which is soon relieved as the cuff slowly deflates. Then, the monitor will display your blood pressure.