We just held a fantastic educational workshop with New York Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan in the Chinatown office today. This was part of our summer outreach project and the subject was “How to take your blood pressure”.
There were a number of attendees, but a manageable enough number of people that everyone who wanted to had the opportunity to learn and actually take their blood pressure during the workshop!
Blood Pressure is a measurement of the pressure put on your veins as your heart pumps blood throughout your cardiovascular system. Home Blood Pressure Monitors are available for as little as $39.99 these days brand new and you are welcome to reach out to us with any questions when shopping for one.
Common rules of thumb when it comes to blood pressure measurement are:
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, exercise, and caffeine 30 minutes before you take a reading.
- Find a comfortable, quiet place to set and rest for at least five minutes.
- Read the instruction booklet for your monitor and follow instructions to position the cuff properly and inflate it. For manual monitors, this means squeezing the bulb. For automatic ones, it’s the press of a button.
- When the levels are generated, write down the top number (systolic pressure) and the bottom number (diastolic pressure).
- Establish a home routine for checking your blood pressure. Notice trends in your numbers and discuss them with your health care professionals.
An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States.
We are excited about the way our public outreach efforts are developing and look forward to seeing the fruition of our efforts as more of our fellow citizens are better able to facilitate their own healing and health maintenance.