Monitor your blood pressure while on vacation

Monitor your blood pressure while on vacation

Summer is here and the time is right for taking that much needed vacation. If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from hypertension, monitoring your blood pressure while on vacation is really critical to staying healthy and on top of any issues that may arise while you’re away from home. Along with your medications, you should purchase a good digital blood pressure monitor to take the worry out of traveling.

Vacations are meant to be relaxing – time for you to enjoy new places and to have new and exciting experiences. But, travelling in today’s world can be stressful, especially if you’re flying to your destination. Congested airports, delayed flights, and lost luggage can all cause stress which can have an effect on your blood pressure. Swollen feet and ankles are exacerbated on long flights for people with hypertension. Try to get up and walk around the cabin every hour, if possible, drink lots of water, and skip the alcohol.

More than likely you’ll be eating different foods than are on your regular diet, and your sleep routine will be disrupted, especially if you’re traveling to a different time zone. Try to limit your salt intake as much as possible, stay well-hydrated, and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

If your vacation plans includes lots of activity, great! As long as you’re in good health and your physician gives you the green light, hiking, walking, swimming, and riding bikes are all great activities to enjoy while on vacation. But, try not to overexert yourself, and, if so, stop, sit down, and relax for awhile. You’re on vacation!

Medical attention away from home

Make sure that you have all the medications you need before going away. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, you can request a vacation supply of your medications from your pharmacy. Keep a list of your medications and your physician’s name and phone number on hand. Let your physician’s office know about your travel plans.

Do your homework before leaving on your vacation about good medical facilities should you require medical attention. Also, make sure you understand the type of insurance coverage you have in case of a medical emergency while on your trip.

In order to accurately monitor your blood pressure away from home, have your doctor’s office test your monitor for accuracy against their own equipment.

Preparing for your trip

Monitoring your blood pressure while you’re away on vacation is easy with a portable wrist monitor from Ivy Health. Our wireless wrist blood pressure monitor’s compact size makes it easy to carry and safe for travel. The IVBPW can be used without a mobile phone or connection to the internet. Use it with or without the IvyHealth App.

With the Ivy Health Wrist Monitor, you have the capability of sharing your blood pressure readings with your physician at home or, if necessary, with another provider should you need medical attention while on your trip.

Relax and enjoy your vacation — Ivy Health’s got you covered.