Your success in dealing with your high blood pressure is guaranteed by keeping a record of your pulse rates, weight loss or even the waistline. Monitoring the progress involves monitoring as to what the heart is doing. Thus, one way of measuring the improvement of high blood pressure is through the pulse rates via a high blood pressure monitor.
So to determine high blood pressure, pulse rates can be taken from any parts of the body with the wrist as the most preferred. All that is required is a watch or clock with a second hand. Never use a stopwatch.
Initially get the pulse by placing the elbow as high as the heart on a table. That can be improved later on without the table, by holding the arm up in the air. That can be achieved any time during a typical day, after exercise or when you feel like taking your pulse rate.
Place the left hand to the right wrist, if you are right-handed and vice versa, using two or three fingers with the palm positioned upwards. Try to get a steady beat for a full minute. Once you have familiar yourself to the beat, the full minute number of beats can be reduced to some beats per ten seconds and multiply it by six to get the pulse rate per minute.
The external pressure, the transporting of blood to the muscles and the skin by the arterioles and veins, as well as the speed by which the heart pumps out blood are all responsible in the number of beats per minute. Hence, a lower pulse rate is like having a lower blood pressure. Generally, the average pulse rate is 70 beats per minute.
The pulse rate is affected by a lot of factors, like eating, drinking, exercise, anxiety, and tension. If one is regular in getting the pulse rate at the same time each day, this can be used as grounds in setting up a basis for reducing the high blood pressure, taking into consideration the factors mentioned.
Usually, the resting pulse rate can be lowered by an exercise program, attaining an ideal weight and improved diet. Typically, start on a slow exercise with proper physician consultation. Besides exercise, meditation or mental conditioning can reduce pulse rate and blood pressure.
There are many ways to get the blood pressure these days. There are the coin-operated machines in stores, battery-operated gadgets or the traditional type known as a sphygmomanometer.
To get the blood pressure using the sphygmomanometer, wrap the cuff or band around the arm to stop the flow of blood. Place a stethoscope to an artery below the band then slowly release the band. When the blood begins to flow, the systolic pressure or high number comes through. The beats will stop to pave the way for the diastolic pressure or low number, and the sound becomes steady.
Thus to operate, the band is pumped then the pressure is out from a mercury sensing device. That is commonly seen in most doctors’ office. There are already new electronic blood pressure monitors that can sense sensitive and objective sounds, hence, the stethoscope is no more required.
It is essential to take blood pressure and pulse rates every day by yourself, by others or by a doctor. In some cases, some patient’s tend to be on edge when a physician takes his blood pressure, causing an artificial rise in pressure. That is termed as white-coat hypertension.
Dealing with your high blood pressure by monitoring your pulse rates in a diary will help monitor the wear and tear the body is acquiring. As such, proper control in weight and intakes of sugar and cholesterol-rich foods should be eluded.