Keeping tabs on my health is a pretty big deal to me. Thanks to website such as DirectLabs, I’m able to place orders for regular bloodwork without waiting for the doctor to authorize it. No, I’m not a hypochondriac, I just like being aware.
There are a few tests that I request annually. One is related to my hypothyroidism and is required for me to refill my prescription. The doctor actually could request that but since I pay out of pocket, I prefer to do it on my own terms where I can take advantage of coupons and specials. The other main one I order, CardioPlus, is a more comprehensive test that covers HDL, LDL, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Liver, Kidney, Iron, Calcium and more.
On my last visit to the doctor, he said my numbers are what every doctor dreams of…
That’s just fine and dandy but I can’t make the assumption that it will stay that way. Genetics plays a big part, as do diet and general health habits. I continue to exercise at the gym, run outside or at home, and watch what I eat. Of course, I indulge also because that’s what makes me happy and not feel deprived. It’s all part of the big picture to balancing emotional and physical well-being.
When I’m at the gym, I sometimes wear my heart rate monitor to make sure I’m staying within reasonable workout limits. On the homefront, I weigh myself regularly and check my blood pressure as needed. If I’m fighting an unusual headache, the blood pressure monitor is one of the first things I grab. The only thing I hate is that it’s a pain to use. I often wear layers but that causes problems when you need to put a traditional blood pressure cuff on. That’s no big deal in the summer but during winter months… ack.
The latest blood pressure monitor from Ozeri, the CardioTech Pro Series, solves that problem. It’s literally as easy as putting on a watch because… wait for it…
You put it on your wrist!
Why didn’t anyone think of that before?! The extent of the undressing you need to do is equivalent to what you would do to wash the dishes. If, of course, you ever hand wash dishes. The device is compact and has a nice storage case. It records the history for two users so you can see averages.
To begin, just make sure you are on the appropriate user. Switching between users is a single button push before you begin. After applying the wrist cuff, it announces whether your arm position is in the optimal position for monitoring. In the upper left corner, an arrow shows up to let you know whether to raise or lower your arm but there’s also a voice announcement telling you the same. If it’s angled correctly then it tells you it’s about to start.
The process is just like a bicep cuff so the rest of the process is familiar. When it is done, it provides an audible classification of how your blood pressure is – ranging from optimal to severe hypertension – while displaying the blood pressure and heart rate.
The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series blood pressure monitor is a handy tool that makes a great addition to someone’s fitness arsenal.