Today I'm playing with the Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure Monitor. High Blood pressure can cause things like headaches, seizures, heart attacks, fatigues, shortness of breath and more. It is not something to take lightly. According to Webmd.com
There are several categories of blood pressure, including:
- Normal: Less than 120/80
- Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
- Stage 1 hypertension: 140-159/90-99
- Stage 2 hypertension: 160 and above/100 and above
One of the causes of hypertension is smoking, and (you guessed it) being over weight.
Who Is More Likely to Develop Hypertension?
- People with family members who have high blood pressure.
- People who smoke.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Women who take birth control pills.
- People over the age of 35.
- People who are overweight or obese.
- People who are not active.
- People who drink alcohol excessively.
- People who eat too many fatty foods or foods with too much salt
So today I show you the Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure monitor. It's got some great features. It can store up multipe users, and it keeps track of when your pressure was checked and stores it into memory. It comes with software so you can effortlessly keep track of your weight loss (it's the same software that works with the 720ITC pedometer so you can track your steps, and blood pressure in the same place.
There is an interesting feature where the unit will autmatically measure your pressure three times in a row and average the three. When I did this I measure at 133 over 82 so I would be classified as Prehypertension.
By lowering your blod pressure you decrease your chance of stroke by 35-40%, heart attack by 20-25%, and heart failure (more than 50%). (source webmd.com). To reduce your chances of having high blood pressure, some key steps are lose weight, quit smoking, reduce the salt in your diet. do aerboic exercise a few times a week (30 minutes), eat a well blanaced diet such as the DASH diet.
For me, I needed a reason to keep me motivated. I needed a "Why am I exercising?" and this is it. I have borderline high blood pressure, and to me high blood pressure equals heart attack. With this unit it's easy to measure, and with the software easy to track your blood pressure. It retails for around $70 at amazon.com This is money well spent, and could very easily save your life.