Blood pressure is something you may not think about since many of its symptoms can often mimic other common ailments like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nosebleeds or a flushed face. You may also be under the false impression that it does not happen to the young but older people. If so, then you are treading on dangerous ground because you may be putting yourself unnecessarily at risk.
To determine blood pressure, you need to take two different measurements when you sit or lie relaxed for five minutes. The first is the systolic number (the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats), being the top and largest number over the diastolic number (the pressure of the heart during rest as it refills with blood), which is at the bottom.
Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg, but it can fluctuate quickly. Therefore, you could get several different readings in a span of a short time.
Nonetheless, if you get a systolic reading of 140 or above or diastolic 90 or above, you need to pay attention to what it is telling you. This does not mean panic, but the best way to know for sure is if you continue getting that same reading.
To do this at home, a good way to monitor yourself is with a home blood pressure monitor like the one I received from Vanity Planet. The model that I selected was their Cor 3, which is a wonderful thing to have to keep healthy.
|Vanity Planet's Cor 3 Blood Pressure Monitor|
|Vanity Planet's Cor 3 Blood Pressure Monitor with ergonomic arm cuff|
**Update**Thanks to Vanity Planet, Nuts 4 Stuff readers can save 50% off the price of that blood pressure monitor by entering coupon code BPCOR3 at checkout!
*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*