Healthday (7/7, Reinberg) recently reported that patients with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, may be able to have better control of their blood pressure at home than through conventional means. High blood pressure is called a “silent killer” because many people don’t realize they have it. Hypertension often has no warning signs or symptoms.

In the above noted article a study was sited that compared patients monitoring blood pressure at home along with adjusting their medications according to their blood pressure than those receiving “standard care” through health professionals. This study seems to suggest that patients may be more effective at controlling their blood pressure at home through monitoring as opposed to conventional methods such as only in a physician’s office. The group working on their blood pressure monitoring at home and adjusting their medications saw a greater reduction in blood pressure. One possibility may be that patients are more motivated in controlling their blood pressure when they have more interaction and input in the management of it.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. The only way to detect whether or not you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked by a doctor or health professional. This is quick and painless.