Seniors should check their Blood Pressure Regularly and Get Proper Care if it’s Too High

Senior Care in Thornhill

Blood pressure is one of most commonly thought about aspects of healthcare. When people visit their doctor, regardless of the purpose of the visit, they usually have their blood pressure checked. There has Senior Care in Thornhillbeen a great deal of attention paid to blood pressure in the last several decades and there are numerous self-check meter stations at a number of pharmacies across the country.

If you have a senior in your life who may be living alone, has any previous health issues, has had surgery, or is experiencing any problems, his or her should be blood pressure checked. This is one of the quintessential aspects of quality senior care.

Getting blood pressure checked.

There is a misconception that most of the self-check blood pressure stations that exist in various stores, especially pharmacies, are highly accurate and it’s okay to take those readings as gospel. In truth, they are relatively accurate, but it shouldn’t substitute for visiting a medical doctor to have blood pressure checked professionally.

If blood pressure readings are too high, it’s absolutely essential that the senior get to a doctor right away. There are two numbers associated with blood pressure readings: systolic and diastolic. The systolic number is the one that is usually listed on top, or first. Diastolic is usually the second number, or the one on the bottom.

Systolic is basically measuring the pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating. The diastolic number is measuring the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, or between beats. A normal measure is considered less than 120 for the systolic and less than 80 for the diastolic. Pre-hypertension is usually diagnosed when the systolic measure is between 120 and 139 or the diastolic is between 80 and 89.

A person is considered to have high blood pressure, stage I, when there systolic reading is between 140 and 159 or the diastolic is between 90 and 99. High blood pressure stage II is whenever the systolic is 160 or higher or the diastolic is 100 or higher. Hypertensive crisis is when the readings are higher than 180 for the systolic or 110 for the diastolic.

When seniors check blood pressure on a regular basis, they will be more in tune with their overall health and well-being. This can make a world of difference for them in the long run, and as May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, it’s a good idea to encourage the senior in your life to have his or her blood pressure checked on a regular basis, and that will show just how much you care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Thornhill, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

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