Hypertension: What happens a loved-one has elevated blood pressure?
Welcome to ICI's blog! Check out our Basic nursing program for more educational training regarding blood pressure and basic vital signs!
We offer CNA certification classes here in Chicago, Illinois!
If your parent has been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), it's important to take steps to help them manage this condition effectively. Here are some important steps and guidelines to follow:
Encourage regular medical check-ups:
Ensure your parent sees a healthcare provider regularly for monitoring and management of hypertension. These check-ups will help track blood pressure levels and make necessary adjustments to their treatment plan.
Medication adherence: If prescribed, make sure your parent takes their hypertension medications exactly as directed by their healthcare provider. Consistent medication adherence is crucial for controlling blood pressure.
Lifestyle modifications: Help your parent adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Encourage the following changes:
A balanced diet:
Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Reduce sodium intake.
Encourage them to engage in regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, or cycling, as recommended by their healthcare provider.
If your parent smokes, support their efforts to quit smoking.
Limit alcohol consumption: If they consume alcohol, advise moderation or quitting altogether, as excessive alcohol intake can raise blood pressure.
Help your parent find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
Monitor blood pressure at home
Consider purchasing a home blood pressure monitor if recommended by their healthcare provider. Teach your parent how to use it correctly, and keep a log of their blood pressure readings. Share these records with their healthcare provider during appointments. ICI offers training on how to perform a blood pressure check manually. Our basic nursing course offers our students the training they need to perform vital signs on patients. Give us a call for more information regarding our training course.
Encourage regular follow-ups
Ensure your parent keeps scheduled appointments with their healthcare provider to monitor their blood pressure and adjust their treatment plan as needed.
Educate yourself and your parent
Learn about hypertension and its potential complications. Understanding the condition will help both you and your parent make informed decisions about their health.
Be vigilant for signs of complications
Keep an eye out for symptoms of complications related to hypertension, such as chest pain, severe headaches, vision problems, or shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.
Consult a registered dietitian or healthcare provider
Consider consulting a registered dietitian or nutritionist to help create a customized diet plan tailored to your parent's needs.
Remember that hypertension is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management. By taking these steps and working closely with their healthcare provider, your parent can effectively control their blood pressure and reduce the risk of complications. Always consult with a healthcare professional for specific advice and recommendations tailored to your parent's individual situation.
These statements are only advice and it is recommended that one should always consult their health care provider.