Safety Action Series: Blood Pressure Basics | @CMQCC

One of the most useful webinars I’ve ever seen!  Are you taking blood pressures correctly? Are you documenting blood pressures correctly? In order to diagnose and intervene, we must know we have accurate information.  Our moms and babies depend on that.

For health care providers, you can download the webinar here.

For women:

  • Talk to your provider about signs and symptoms of high blood pressure.
  • Make sure your blood pressure is being taken correctly.
    • The blood pressure cuff should not be too big or too small, as this can give an inaccurate reading.
    • You should be sitting up (as if you are sitting at a table) and not lying on your side.
    • If you have high blood pressure because you’re “nervous” that you’re at the doctor’s office (also called white-coat syndrome), that still needs to be evaluated.
  • Know what your “normal” is.
  • If you aren’t pregnant, you should still occasionally check your blood pressure to make sure you don’t secretly have high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
  • If you have had any form of hypertension during a pregnancy, you are more risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and developing it earlier. We must all be advocates for our own health. If you have had a hypertension disorder in pregnancy, know the signs of cardiovascular disease.

 

Until my next delivery ❤


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