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How can someone test high blood pressure?

Blood pressure cuff. Blood pressure is measured using a blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer). This can be done in a doctor's office or a pharmacy. You can also do-it-yourself with a home blood pressure cuff that can be purchased at almost any pharmacy. Read more...
BP machine... You can get an automatic blood pressure machine at your local pharmacy for less than $50. Many pharmacies also have a stationary BP machine chair where you can check it. Realize that BP varies greatly throughout the day and can be impacted by many variables. So if your BP is good at home, in the comfort, familiarity and calmness of your home, it may not be good at your doctor's office. Keep record. Read more...

What are some ways to manage high blood pressure?

Diet, wgt loss, exer. Diet, wgt loss, exerecise. Sodium restriction is important. There are numerous drug options available as well. Discuss with you doctor. Read more...

What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

Automatic vs manual. Automactic blood-pressure measuring devices and manual ones are typically used for measuring your BP with a cuff. In the critically ill patient, a catheter maybe inserted in the blood vessel/heart to measure the pressure. Otherwise, there isn't much else. Chronic high BP can cause heart/kidney problems so we use ekg to check heart, ultrasound to check kidneys, but not measuring bp. Good luck. Read more...
A few blood tests. In addition to monitoring your blood pressure, you should have your cholesterol and blood sugar checked as high cholesterol and diabetes go along with high blood pressure often. Kidney function should also be monitored over time. A baseline ekg is helpful as well. An echocardiogram may be needed later in life to evaluate for heart failure. Read more...

What are some do's and don'ts of high blood pressure?

Don't ignore it. Do check your blood pressure regularly. If you have high blood pressure you need to know if it is under control. If it has always been well controlled you can check it less often. However, if you are one who has trouble with control you should check it on a daily basis. You cannot know whether or not your blood pressure is well controlled if the only time it is checked is during an appointment. Read more...
Healthy lifestyle #1. Weight control and regular exercise can go a surprisingly long way to lowering blood pressure. Exercise often helps (30+min a day brisk walking or equivalent), even if no weight loss occurs. Many people are sensitive to restricting sodium (<2000mg/day). Alcohol drives up blood pressure if moderate to heavy intake. Agreed you need to monitor it, but if you are "type a" personality, don't go crazy! Read more...

What are some of the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Funny. As far as symptoms go - if your lucky - its a headache - lucky b/c you might go to a doc and check your pressure - otherwise the "silent killer" is usually true to form and has no real symptoms -. Read more...
Usually none. Usually elevated blood pressure does not have any symptoms. In severe cases, it can cause headache, chest pain, or dizziness. Read more...

What are some foods that help with lowering high blood pressure?

Avoid carbs, salt. You may want to avoid any food with significant salt. Otherwise, any diet you follow resulting in significant weight loss will lower your blood pressure toward healthier levels. Its lees important what you eat and more important that you eat less of it. Avoid carbohydrates as much as possible. Eating regularly, one can never become carb deficient. Read more...