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High Blood Pressure

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. If you are interested in having your blood pressure story told, please email Kellie or Steve at support@my-health-software.com.

My Story – John Sanders

Kellie: Hi John, you mentioned that you are a Registered Nurse, have you always been aware of your blood pressure readings?

John: I took my blood pressure at work every now and then. I discovered it had been creeping up over the years. Even though I exercise by cycling and lifting weights for almost 20 years. I wanted to monitor my blood pressure because of my family history.

Kellie: What were your readings like before you started medication? Has the medication lowered your blood pressure?

John: A few times, I had readings of 170/100, but mostly about 160/90. I used your program and with the use of a home bp monitoring unit, I kept a record to show my doctor. He was impressed and was able to prescribe medication based on the readings. I just started my new medication for only 1 week, lowest dose available, and my bp is now about 120/75, keeping a record in case I need medication adjustment.

Kellie: Did you have any symptoms of high blood pressure?

John: None at all. Blood pressure, when elevated, usually has no symptoms. Low bp does, such as dizziness.

Kellie: You mentioned that you noticed a trend over a month of home monitoring. What was that trend?

John: My bp was lower in the evening, higher in the am. It also kept creeping up, slowly. I thought this warranted an MD visit.

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John’s recent chart: – click to enlarge

Kellie: From your experience, what are the benefits of home monitoring blood pressure?

John: I’ve been in the nursing field for almost 20 years, the last 11 years as an RN. If you have family history and have noticed any kind of a trend in your bp that shows you are higher than you should be, home monitoring is almost a must these days. I have taken care of many people who have not watched their bp and the end up with a massive stroke. Believe, I can relate horror stories to you about how bad it is to have a stroke! Home monitoring is very important so you can see trends, see if you need a different medication, be able to print off your results to show your doctor. It’s just a smart thing to do!

Kellie: Thank you and best wishes!


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About Kellie

Kellie is 37 years old and together with her brother Steve makes up the My Health Software team.

She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.