What is blood pressure? It is the pressure that blood exerts on the walls of our blood vessels. Systolic blood pressure is measured when the heart contracts and diastolic blood pressure is measured when the heart relaxes. These readings can be recorded on a monitor. When these readings go beyond a certain range, it spells danger. There are hardly any symptoms which indicate high or low blood pressure. In fact, high blood pressure or hypertension is called `the silent killer`.
Hence, it is imperative for everyone to monitor their blood pressure regularly. This can be done by visiting a medical practitioner or at home also. Blood pressure kits are a revolution in this direction. Studies have indicated that it is wiser to measure blood pressure at home with a blood pressure kit than to get it measured by a doctor in his clinic. Results are more accurate and trust-worthy.
However, blood pressure kits need to be tested for accuracy from time to time. This can be done by comparing the readings between ones own blood pressure kit and one taken by a regular doctor at his clinic. The two readings must nearly be the same.
The device which measures blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer. A cuff is wrapped around the arm and tightened by means of a pump. A stethoscope is placed on the artery near the elbow. The air pressure is then released. When the blood first gushes through the blood vessels gives the systolic reading. Diastolic reading is taken when the pulse stops. The acceptable reading on the blood pressure kit is 120/80.
There are a variety of blood pressure kits to choose from in the market. They vary in design, utility and price. Some blood pressure kits are manual while others are auto inflated. Depending on the technology used, the features that blood pressure kits offer are:
* Irregular heart beat feature
* Pressure rating feature
* A multiple number of memory readings
* Average reading feature
* Blood pressure classification
* Body fat percentage and BMI
* Time and date feature
* Alarm clock and thermometer
* Excessive motion detection
Most blood pressure kits measure blood pressure from the arm while some are used on the wrist and a few on the finger. Doctors suggest using the arm type blood pressure kit as the readings are more dependable. It is as if proximity to the heart gives a better result. Finger type blood pressure kits are totally discarded now as they showed inaccurate readings. Again, a higher price does not necessarily mean a better product. Research shows that cheaper models of blood pressure kits give more accurate results.
In recent times, man has been drawn towards astrology. This has led to innovations in astrological medicine and treatment. A Rudraksha blood pressure kit has been developed which claims to control blood pressure quite efficiently. However, it lacks medical confirmation.
The Rudraksha blood pressure kit consists of two Rudraksha beads and a bloodstone pendant embedded in silver. The beads have to be soaked overnight in water. This water is to be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. The bloodstone pendant is to be worn around the neck in such a manner that the bloodstone remains in the area of the heart. Blood pressure is expected to stabilize within a few days.
If we pay attention to the growing number of deaths due to hypertension, then purchase of a blood pressure kit becomes a must for one and all. However care must be taken to buy the proper and accurate blood pressure kit.
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By: Roberto Sedycias