High Blood Pressure – U.S. Preventive Strategy
In the U.S., even though more than 1/3 of all Americans suffer from high blood pressure, there isn’t a systematic way of preventing it. Prevention would mean focusing on many things at once rather than trying to tackle just one major cause of high blood pressure. That sort of approach is understandable given the huge burden of disease that high blood pressure placing on the nation as a whole. But, when a disease is that avoidable, it seems better to focus on eliminating it rather than on managing it, as high blood pressure is an easy case to nail-roit with few side effects.
The fact is that, given the epidemic rise in hypertension, there is no reason why the entire population of the U.S. cannot be checked at random for high blood pressure. That would give plumbers, surgeons, dentists, and primary care doctors the opportunity to catch high blood pressure before it leads to complications. Then, they can work with the person to devise a suitable long-term treatment plan on the basis of that information.
In other countries that have national health statistics on hypertension and hypertension rates, it is likely that these countries have excellent programs in place to combat the problem. But in the U.S., such programs are rare. While random drug tests may catch hypertension (with vary options in determining impairment), they are not likely to catch it in the long term.
The other big difference is the ease of obtainable blood pressure monitoring. Monitoring your blood pressure at home can easily be done by your family doctor, and readily available 24/7 to relatives and friends can easily confirm whether or not you are maintaining a healthy pressure level.
The third difference is the cost. If monitoring your blood pressure is a concern of you, and you know that you have a problem, you may decide that you want a check-up-and be certain that you have normal hypertension. On the other hand, if you suspect that you may be stricken with hypertension but your doctor has yet to offer you a confirmed diagnosis, an ECG-screening may be the triggering exercise.
Occasionally, people with hypertension are infected with bacteria that may have an effect on the kidneys. Most of the time antibiotics are sufficient to treat this infection, and indeed most doctors will suggest that the infection be treated with antibiotics in the first instance. But the possibility exists that once the infection is treated, the kidney may become more susceptible to bacterial infections. If this were to happen, it makes sense to monitor your blood pressure and blood chemistry. Whatever the prognosis, everyone knows that hypertension is a serious problem.
The problem becomes how to assess whether you have raised your blood pressure to levels that suggest a problem. One way of knowing whether a change in blood pressure has indeed taken place is by checking your cuff. There is an inexpensive Internet program that will tell you your blood pressure reading in real time, based on your pulse. The program says it is an easy and inexpensive procedure. The consumer manual for the program says tat you must first download and load the software onto your PC, then close the program, and then return to monitor your blood pressure; return at a later time to take another reading.
Abuilt in function to facilitate measurement of the pressure in any sensitive section of the body is the humble sphygmomanometer. This manometer is often used to measure blood pressure and was one of the first types of pressure monitor. Some of the features of the pressure monitor trumps others by being compact, portable, and most importantly accurate.The original intention of the device was to Dong Ny Seb OmEy exam monitor made by Thorpe, but technology soon discovered the potential of sphygmomanometer and various derivatives to provide a new type of pressure monitoring solution.
While still primarily used for DTaP monitoring, sphygmomanometer has proved itself to also be an effective hypertension appliance through its simple pressure-lowering capability. Technology has allowed us to develop various types of sphygmomanometer from an initial premise of purely anumatic (Without Ultrasound) monitors, and we are now seeing a renewed effort to go back to normality by incorporating monitors that incorporate Doppler floodlight, come installed with wireless connectivity, and today, hand held monitors that run on rechargeable batteries.
The decisions we make about how best to use technology is a decision about how we would want it to be used. Do we want to simply monitor our blood pressure daily, or would we prefer to monitor our blood pressure collections on a daily, Hourglass-like, basis? We are, after all, choosing to monitor our blood pressure for a variety of reasons, not least of which is a desire to potentially reduce hypertension risks. Just as each of us is unique, we each have our own set of risks involved in a common uncontrolled group. This is true for high blood pressure.