How you can check your blood pressure daily
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or prehypertension, checking your blood pressure daily gives you a more accurate picture of your numbers which can help you and your doctor ensure that your treatment plan is working to effectively lower your blood pressure.
Collecting data about your blood pressure every day helps in monitoring the effects of the medicine that you’ve been prescribed. Because your blood pressure is affected by what you do in your day-to-day life, daily monitoring can help you to see trends in your numbers as they develop. By identifying spikes in blood pressure, you can look for possible triggers such as changes in alcohol and/or caffeine consumption, temperature, or emotional state which can help you to better control your BP numbers.
At different times of the day
Your physician can advise you on how often you should check your blood pressure. But, it’s important that you take readings at the same time of day, such as in the morning and evening. Your blood pressure follows a daily pattern which you need to be aware of when monitoring your numbers.
Blood pressure levels in the morning are generally higher and usually peak in the middle of the afternoon. In the late afternoon, your BP begins to decrease so levels in the evening will be lower vs morning numbers. So, it’s best to get into the habit of checking your blood pressure in the morning and then again before you go to bed.
You’ll want to avoid blood pressure spikers so you may need to change your eating habits. Wait to eat until after you’ve checked your BP and hold off on drinking anything with caffeine for half an hour before measuring. Your physician will have provided you with directions about when to take your medicine, but,for accurate readings, you should have as little medication in your system as possible. This is referred to as a “trough value” and helps your physician in determining how well your BP medication is working.
Giving your doctor data to analyze
When you’re first diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important that you’re checking your blood pressure multiple times every single day. Once you’ve gotten into the routine of daily monitoring and have a better understanding about your BP numbers, checking it in the morning and the evening should suffice.
The easiest way to monitor your blood pressure is by using Ivy Health Labs wireless wrist blood pressure monitor. With our wrist blood pressure monitor, you can monitor your BP from any location and easily share the data with your doctor. The wrist monitor provides you with a complete analysis of your BP and pulse rate over the course of weeks or months which helps your doctor make modifications to your medication(s) and/or lifestyle if warranted.
Monitoring your blood pressure levels at home is one of the most important things that you can to maintain your overall health and to take a more proactive role in your treatment plan.