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Does Cuff Size Matter When Checking Your Blood Pressure?

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On July 12, 2017

This week’s question is from Scott H. In my training as a registered nurse, we were always instructed to ensure that we used the right cuff size for the patient. For example, you would not use a medium size cuff on a gentleman who needed a large cuff. Nor would you use a large cuff on a petite woman. In both cases, the reading would be inaccurate. You must use the correct cuff size for your body type. If you are going to purchase a device for home use, you want to ensure that the cuff can be used for multiple sizes. This way you know you will get an accurate reading.

 

How to take your blood pressure using a home blood pressure monitor

 

  1. Put the cuff on following the instructions that came with your monitor.
  2. Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable. If you are anxious or uncomfortable, this will make your blood pressure rise temporarily.
  3. When you are taking your reading, keep still and silent. Moving and talking can affect your reading.
  4. Take two or three readings, each about two minutes apart, and then work out the average. Some people find that their first reading is much higher than the next readings. If this is true for you, keep taking readings until they level out and stop falling, then use this as your reading.
  5. Record your reading, either in the memory of your monitor or on computer or paper.

Tips on taking blood pressure readings

  • Do not round your measurements up or down – if you don’t keep accurate records of your blood pressure it may affect the treatment you receive.
  • Do not be alarmed if you get an unexpected high reading – a one-off reading may be nothing to worry about. Measure your blood pressure again at another time, but if you find that it continues to be high after a period of time, see your doctor or nurse.
  • Do not check your blood pressure too often –  you may become worried or stressed about small changes in your reading. This can raise your blood pressure in the short-term. Worrying about your blood-pressure reading may actually make it higher.

 

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Lower Targets For Systolic Blood Pressure Suggested By New Study

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On June 1, 2017

A new study conducted by researchers from Tulane University finds reducing target systolic blood pressure below current recommendations significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventable death. The latest study supports previous research, which found more intensive management of hypertension greatly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

The researchers said that their new findings, published today (May 31) in the journal JAMA Cardiology, support the idea of using more aggressive treatment for people with high blood pressure, and they suggest that current guidelines should be revised to recommend lower blood pressure targets.

 

The study provides “provocative evidence that lower is better,” Dr. Clyde Yancy and Dr. Robert Bonow, of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, wrote in an editorial accompanying the study. “The population health benefits of lower blood pressure targets, much lower than we have previously recognized, are real,” they said.

 

However, other experts say that most doctors will probably wait for new guidelines to come out before changing the way they treat patients.

 

In addition, it’s important to note that aggressive blood pressure treatments can potentially cause side effects, including electrolyte imbalances and kidney injuries. Thus, doctors should be aware of the risks and monitor patients for side effects, the researchers said. And people who are at a generally lower risk for cardiovascular disease may not require as aggressive of a treatment for high blood pressure as those at higher risk, according to the authors of the editorial, who were not involved in the research.

 

 

The new findings touch on a controversial topic — exactly how low patients should aim to go when reducing blood pressure. Guidelines on this issue have been inconsistent. In 2014, guidelines from a government panel of experts, called the Eighth Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure raised the recommended blood pressure targets for adult ages 60 and older, from 140 mm Hg to 150 mm Hg. Recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians also recommend the 150 mm Hg target for older adults, but specify a lower target of 140 mm Hg for those with a history of stroke or other risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes or high cholesterol.

 

In contrast to these guidelines, recent studies have suggested greater benefits with much lower blood pressure targets. For example, a 2015 study known as the SPRINT trial found that patients who lowered their blood pressure to around 120 mm Hg were 27 percent less likely to die during the study period, compared with those whose treatment target was to lower their blood pressure to less than 140 mm Hg.

 

But this earlier study involved people who were at particularly high risk of heart problems, for instance, because they already had cardiovascular disease or another chronic condition.

 

In the new study, researchers at Tulane University wanted to include a larger and more general population of people with high blood pressure. They reviewed information from more than 144,000 people who previously participated in a clinical trial in which they received a high blood pressure treatment or placebo. Participants were followed, on average, for about 4 years.

 

The average blood pressure that the patients in those studies achieved varied from as low as 114 mm Hg, to as high as 171 mm Hg. In the new study, the researchers compared patients who achieved a blood pressure of 120 to 124 mm Hg to those who achieved a higher blood pressure target, such as 130 to 134 mm Hg, 140 to 144 mm Hg, 150 to 154 mm Hg and 160 mm Hg or higher.

 

Across the board, those who achieved a blood pressure of 120 to 124 mm Hg had the lowest risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke or dying from any cause during the study. For example, even compared with those who achieved a blood pressure in the 130 to 134 mm Hg range, those in the 120 to 124 mm Hg range were 29 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 27 percent less likely to die during the study period.

 

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What Should My Blood Pressure Be? – RESPeRATE

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On June 1, 2017

 

This is one of the most frequent question I receive from our subscribers. Our blood pressure fluctuates depending on our activity and time of day. So, what should my blood pressure be?

 

Watch the video below, which explains what should your blood pressure be.

 

   

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Coffee Can Complicate Hypertension Diagnosis and Treatment

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On September 7, 2016

Whether it is Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, or Seattle’s Best, Americans have a love affair with coffee. It is estimated that 161 million people start there day with coffee and for some of them it does not end with one cup. For some the “Java Jolt” is an all day affair. At times the research on coffee can be confusing. Some researchers stating it is not bad for overall cardiac health, others waving a red flag warning of the impending dangers that will soon follow. But there is new compelling evidence coming out of Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada.

 

According to the researchers calcium channel blockers where not only stopped from lowering blood pressure but with the consuming of coffee helped increase the individuals blood pressure. One cup of coffee will raise the blood pressure to its highest peak after one hour and will keep the blood pressure raised for several hours. So that an individual who drinks more than one cup of coffee a day will spend over half of their waking day with elevated blood pressure.

 

According to Dr. Bailey, ” “Even one cup of coffee containing a relatively low amount of caffeine remarkably compromised the anti-hypertensive effect of this drug at the maximum recommended dose. If you wanted to overcome the effect of the coffee, you had to double the dose of this anti-hypertensive drug which could increase the risk of unwanted excessive drug effects, particularly during the period when coffee is not consumed.”

 

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