The Blood Pressure Oracle - What is your REAL blood pressure?

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This is a question I get quite often: “I check my blood pressure every day and I keep on getting different results. Is there something wrong with my blood pressure monitor?”

The answer is no, not at all, as long as you have a decent validated machine. Blood pressure is not a constant body parameter. It changes all the time. For normal physiological reasons, your blood pressure may fluctuate by up to 30 mmHg during a short time period. So it is perfectly normal for your blood pressure to change between measurements. Even if you measure your blood pressure repeatedly, you will nearly always get different results. What is important is that you measure your blood pressure at the same time of day every time, under the same conditions, and that you then follow the trend of your blood pressure by plotting it on a graph. Just remember that there are many outside factors that will affect your blood pressure and you should try to avoid any unnecessary side factors such as talking, noise or movement while you measure your blood pressure.

One of the best ways to get a reliable picture of your blood pressure is to apply the “rule of three”. In the “rule of three” you measure your blood three times in a row at one minute interval, twice a day (morning and night), for three days 3 x in morning, 3 x at night, for 3 days). Average each set of three consecutive readings and then plot the results on a graph. You might notice a trend where your blood pressure is higher or lower at a given time of day. This is perfectly normal. After three days, calculate and average of all the readings. The result of these repeated measurements will best represent your blood pressure.

I’ve made for you a 3-Day plan sheet that you can use to really know what your blood pressure is. You can download it here: http://www.healthworksglobal.net/downloads/3dayplan.pdf

Have a great day

Uwe DIEGEL

http://www.medactiv.com
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