It is very quick and easy for a doctor to check your blood pressure by using a sphygmomanometer, which consists of a gauge, a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff. Generally your doctor will take a reading whilst you are either sat or laid down so that you are as relaxed as possible. However in order for them to get an accurate reading you should consider the following prior to your visit to the doctors.
1. If you smoke you should stop smoking around 30 minutes before you are due to have your blood pressure checked.
2. You should also stop drinking coffee 30 minutes before it is checked as well.
3. If at all possible wear a top with short sleeves, as the doctor needs to place the cuff around the top part of the arm.
4. Also ensure that your bladder is empty before the doctor takes a reading as this can alter the results.
5. Before going into the doctor’s surgery ensure you arrive in good time to sit quietly in the waiting area for 5 minutes to relax, especially if you had to walk or there was physical exertion on the way to the surgery.
6. Finally, once the reading has been taken you should ask either doctor or nurse to tell you what the reading is in numbers and what it means.
Many people will go for years without realizing that they are suffering from high blood pressure, as they have shown no signs or symptoms.
It is only if the condition begins to develop further that recognizable symptoms can be seen, although, these signs and symptoms can often be confused with other medical conditions.
Once the condition becomes more developed people may suddenly find that they begin to suffer with the following problems more regularly.
2. Dizziness (Dizzy spells)
But these particular high blood pressure signs do not actually appear until the condition has reached the advance stage when it can actually become life threatening.
If untreated, high blood pressure can lead to very serious diseases like heart disease, kidney failure and strokes, and these conditions will have their own secondary symptoms.
It is especially important that if you have diabetes or constantly suffer from either anxiety or stress you regularly get your blood pressure monitored. Also it is important that if you begin to notice any of the high blood pressure signs mentioned above to make an appointment to see your doctor who will be able diagnose the problems and identify an appropriate treatment plan for you.
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