Blood Pressure Testing
Blood pressure matters. Even though you may not feel any different, high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. It has been dubbed the “silent killer” precisely for this reason.
However, how many times you check your blood pressure will depend on many factors. For example, starting a new blood pressure medication, changes in current blood pressure medication doses, abnormal or inconsistent readings, and doctors recommendations are some of the common factors. Ask your PVP Pharmacist to individualize a plan for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Blood Pressure Testing
What do my readings tell me?
It is normal for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day. Taking a reading can give you a picture of your current BP at the exact time you took it - but you need to take an average of multiple readings to get a better idea. Although 120/80 is considered “normal” by healthcare standards, people on blood pressure lowering medications, those who have diabetes or those with heart problems will have different targets.
How does this impact my health care regarding my medication?
By getting multiple readings over time we can work alongside your Doctor to individualize your treatment to obtain an ideal blood pressure for you. Some factors we consider are side effects of your medications and how close we are to your optimal blood pressure.