Monitoring Your Health With The DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure MonitorA good blood pressure is essential to our health, but it is especially important during pregnancy. Learn how to monitor your blood pressure at home using the DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor!
Whether you’re pregnant or just trying to monitor your health at home, the DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor can be a wonderful addition to your home healthcare gear.
Good blood pressure is essential to our health. The American Heart Association (AHA) defines normal blood pressure as being 120 systolic and 80 diastolic or lower. Normal blood pressure causes blood to flow around the circulatory system, bringing oxygen and nutrients to our tissue and organs. A blood pressure reading that is too high or too low can signal a variety of problems, so it is important to monitor your blood pressure from time to time to make sure that your heart and arteries are working properly to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs. Blood pressure also influences your body’s hormones and the immune system.
If you are pregnant, your doctor will closely monitor your blood pressure. A reading of 140/90 or higher is considered high blood pressure during pregnancy. There are three main causes of elevated blood pressure for women who are expecting:
1. Gestational hypertension.
Some women develop elevated blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. There are no signs of preeclampsia with gestational hypertension, although it could eventually turn into preeclampsia.
2. Chronic hypertension.
Chronic hypertension is high blood pressure before pregnancy, or high blood pressure that develops before 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is caused by elevated blood pressure in the second half of pregnancy and can cause damage to organ systems such as the kidneys, liver, blood, and brain. Protein in urine is another symptom of preeclampsia. If left untreated, preeclampsia can be fatal to mothers and/or their unborn babies. If you suspect you may have preeclampsia, see a doctor immediately for evaluation.
Symptoms of preeclampsia include headaches, dizziness, changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
Although high blood pressure isn’t healthy for anyone, it is especially dangerous for pregnant women, and this is why it may be a good idea to monitor your blood pressure at home throughout your pregnancy using a monitor such as the DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. High blood pressure can cause placental abruption, intrauterine growth restriction, decreased blood flow to the placenta, injury to internal organs, and premature delivery.
The DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is a safe and reliable way to monitor your blood pressure at home. Our monitor uses the latest Accuread Technology to provide an accurate, reliable blood pressure reading every time. It can even store up to 99 readings, which is especially helpful if your doctor asks you to track your blood pressure at home. Each reading has a time and date stamp, so you won’t need to write anything down!
In order to get an accurate blood pressure reading, follow these steps:
Sit down for at least 5 minutes before taking your blood pressure.
Place the blood pressure cuff on your arm, just above the elbow.
Rest your elbow on the table.
Press “ON” to operate the machine.
Try to remain quiet, calm, and still during the reading.
A reading of “N” indicates a normal reading. If it reads 1, 2, or 3, you are experiencing varying degrees of hypertension.
It is normal for blood pressure readings to fluctuate a little each day, or if you are nervous, but be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor.
The DrKea Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor can be useful for anyone, even those who are not pregnant. It is safe, reliable, and perfect for traveling. It comes with a storage bag and batteries, so no extra purchases are required. It is easy to use any time of day, even at night, with a backlit screen.
If you or your loved ones are concerned about their blood pressure, the KeaBabies Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor can be an essential tool. Taking your blood pressure at home can be a great way to track your health, and the KeaBabies monitor makes it easy as 1, 2, 3!
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