Blood Pressure Self-Management

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What is High Blood Pressure and Why Does it Matter?

Blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of health problems in the future. If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and your heart. Over time, this strain can cause the arteries to become thicker and less flexible, or to become weaker. If your arteries become thicker and less flexible, they will become narrower, making them more likely to become clogged up. If an artery becomes completely clogged up (known as a clot), this can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or dementia.

The following chart shows the different blood pressure levels:

BP Self Monitoring Chart Picture Updated

Setting Up a Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring StationWoman Self-Monitoring

High blood pressure is generally a chronic condition and is often associated with few or no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, it is usually when blood pressure spikes suddenly and is extreme enough to be considered a medical emergency. One way for employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees is by setting up a blood pressure self-monitoring station. It’s important to have an accurate measurement of your blood pressure. The following list is important for ensuring you get accurate blood pressure readings:

  • You should not smoke, exercise, or consume caffeine in the 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
  • Read the instructions to ensure you know the correct placement of the cuff on your arm.
  • You should be seated and at rest for at least 5 minutes before the measurement is taken. Keep your feet flat on the floor, and don’t cross your legs. Make sure to put the cuff on your bare skin. Crossed legs or clothing will lead to inaccurate readings.
  • Two or more blood pressure readings should be taken at least one minute apart and then averaged.
  • Do not talk during the test.

For best results, a self-monitoring station should be in a quiet, isolated setting where employees can sit and rest before administering the blood pressure test. Creating a space that employees can reliably monitor their blood pressure allows them to be proactive towards their health.

For a how-to demonstration of measuring your own blood pressure at work or home, watch the following videos: 

View the full Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Toolkit here

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