February is American Heart Month in the United States, and Affordable Medical Supply would like to take this opportunity to talk about how we can proactively take care of our hearts to avoid complications in the future. As we get older, it’s important to keep more consistent tabs on your health. With Covid-19 still raging across the country, monitoring heart health is even more necessary than before. But in general, it’s a good idea to invest in medical equipment to help reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and clogged arteries, to name just a few common heart health issues.
Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor your heart and blood pressure on your own, without having to go to the doctor (although you should still do that regularly!). Read on for some suggestions of medical equipment you can purchase for your own use to make sure your heart health is where it needs to be. This includes the more obvious things like a portable blood pressure cuff and at-home heart monitors, to everyday technologies like smartphones and watches that can also be used to keep a watchful eye on our health.
Monitor your heart all day, check your pulse at any time, and look at charts of your heart’s performance whenever you want with the Apple watch. Apple technology is the ultimate user-friendly way to keep up with both health and fitness. If anything is amiss with your heart health, like irregular heart rhythm, you can receive an alert despite not feeling anything off. This will allow you to contact your doctor for an evaluation before your symptoms can escalate into something more serious. In the event of a true emergency, there’s even a button you can press that alerts your emergency contacts or local authorities.
Important: Keep in mind that the Apple Watch cannot detect heart attacks and if you are experiencing chest tightness, pain, or pressure you need to call emergency services right away. While the Apple Watch can successfully detect signs of atrial defibrillation (AFib) in humans, it is not continually checking for an irregular heart rhythm.
These devices have the look and feel of watches, with numerous options to check your heart rate and track your progress. Some Fitbits have built-in heart monitors that can give you a reading no matter what you’re doing: whether sitting, standing, or actively exercising. You can also use this device to track your sleep habits, and much more.
Blood Pressure Cuff
People with high blood pressure should check their blood pressure regularly on their own. Even if you have your doctor do it at the office, it only shows your numbers at that moment. But blood pressure cuffs can give you more accurate results when you use them once or twice daily, for several weeks at a time. This will show a more accurate pattern of what your blood pressure actually looks like. You can find blood pressure cuffs online or at your local pharmacy.
Portable Heart Monitor
This device has been around for over twenty years and keeps getting more efficient. For those with irregular heartbeats, heart monitors help you manage your condition remotely. You can wear a heart monitoring device on your wrist or use an app on your phone, depending on your preference. Physical heart monitors tend to be under $100, don’t require a prescription, and can be found at your local pharmacy or medical supply store.
Medical Equipment and More in Tamarac
Affordable Medical Supply has helped hundreds of families in South Florida for 40 years and counting. Our wide range of home care services, from rental equipment to home assessments, has helped senior citizens effectively manage their health with appropriate supervision that allows them to keep a measure of independence. No matter what needs you or your loved one has, we can help find a solution based on needs and lifestyle.
Stay on top of your heart health this month, and every other month! Call us today at 866-484-7599 to learn more about all the medical equipment we offer to keep you or someone you love living their best life!