Cardiovascular disease is a condition affecting the function and structure of the heart and blood vessels which can lead to serious illness and even death. According to the Department of Health, cardiovascular disease is considered as one of the top five diseases that cause death in the country which ranked the Philippines as 28th in the world. The Philippine reached a mortality rate of 19.86%.
Reports show that the age with the highest mortality for cardiovascular disease is among the elderly who are 70 years old and older. It is also higher than 38% in children under 1 year old. Study shows that as people get older, the mortality rate gets higher.
Conditions That Causes Cardiovascular Disease
The causes of cardiovascular disease vary and includes the following:
Abnormal Heart Rhythms
Abnormal heart rhythm is irregular rhythm produced by heart. The rhythm can be slow as 60 bpm and below or fast with the bpm of 100 and up.
Marfan Syndrome and Aorta Disease
These conditions can raise the chances of having high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and scleroderma, which can cause some cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiomyopathy is a disease which occurs in the heart muscle or it is simply the enlargement of the heart and becomes rigid. The heart can’t pump blood properly as what it should do and it can result in abnormal heart rhythm and heart failure.
High Blood Pressure
High blood refers to a condition affecting the flow of blood going to the parts of the body.
Angina is commonly called “chest pain”. Angina is characterized as discomfort due to coronary diseases; it occurs when the heart muscle is not able to receive as much blood as needed. This usually happens due to ischemia which is the blockage or narrowing of one or more blood arteries.
Heart attack or also called as myocardial infarction, is when the heart’s blood supply is blocked by a blood clot and the heart can’t get oxygen to sustain the body.
Those are some of the causes of cardiovascular disease.
Why should you monitor your BP frequently?
For you to understand clearly why you should monitor your blood pressure, let’s talk about blood pressure first.
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood pushing against the wall of the blood vessels. Monitoring your blood pressure frequently can help you determine if your blood pressure is normal or not.
The higher the blood pressure, the higher your risk for health conditions. If you acquire high blood pressure, it can cause your heart arteries to strain. Strain in the heart can lead the arteries to become less flexible, thick or weak.
If that event happens when your arteries become less flexible and thick, it makes the blood clot which can be the reason for stroke, heart attack, dementia, and kidney disease.
There are serious conditions that may result if you have high blood pressure.
Importance of having a BP monitor
The sphygmomanometer is known as the tool for monitoring the blood pressure. For beginners, when checking a patient’s blood pressure, there will be 2 numbers that will appear, the systolic BP and diastolic BP. The upper number in the ratio is called the systolic BP while the lower number is the diastolic BP. Experts say that cardiovascular disease is a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms.
BP monitoring is considered as the commonly performed test among patients. The following are the things that show the importance of having a BP monitor:
- The BP monitor indicates if the blood pressure is high or low.
- It helps you understand how blood pressure changes in a day.
- Improves the patient’s awareness.
- You can have a fast result of your blood pressure.
How to choose the right one
Choosing the right and accurate BP monitor is very important especially if you are checking your blood pressure at home. Here are the tips on how to choose the right BP apparatus for you.
- Make sure that the monitor goes around your upper arm
- Test the cuff if it fits perfectly in the arm or otherwise, the readings won’t be accurate
- Look at the monitor’s reading if the numbers are large and bright enough to see clearly.
After choosing or buying a BP, you can bring your BP monitor to your next medical appointment so that the nurses can check if the BP monitor is calibrated properly. Calibrated means that measurement is precise or accurate.
Having a BP monitor which is accurate is a life saver for everyone most especially those who are diagnosed with high blood pressure.
The heart is an organ which pumps blood to the body and it is responsible for the blood’s circulation. There are conditions that greatly affect the heart and can lead to other serious health problems. The common health problems involving the heart are heart failure, arrhythmia, abnormal heart rhythm, and many other medical conditions. Since cardiovascular disease is considered as one of the deadliest conditions in the Philippines ], it is necessary to monitor the condition of your heart. For you to monitor your blood pressure, you have to monitor it as frequently as possible, so that you will know if your blood pressure is normal or not. By determining the blood pressure that you have, you can take immediate medications as provided by your physicians. Also, it is important to have a BP monitor at home so that it is convenient and fast for you.
There are BP monitors available in stores and even online. We can recommend the Indoplas Electronic Blood Pressure Monitor 105 which you can purchase here at Gebix Pharma. Here are the details of the product. The product is a large-scaled LCD with time and date display. It has two displays which are the mmHg and kPa. Also, it is automated, stored and has 74 memories stored. What is good about this product is that it powers off in 2 minutes if it is not working.
You can purchase our BP monitor HERE.