I am well into my 90 Day Challenge with OMRON for monitoring my blood pressure, and EKG readings while at home. OMRON has a mission called Going For Zero to stop heart attacks and strokes…ALL heart attacks and strokes. They do not want anyone to be a statistic, so the company has set a high goal to bring that number to zero.
This is the second time for me to do this challenge. The first time, the results were evident that my blood pressure went up significantly during a time of high job stress. I changed the job and it did make a difference. But something new happened during the time of this particular 90-day stretch and I learned additional information yet again. So, I would like to share with you the 3 IMPORTANT LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE 90 DAY CHALLENGE TO DATE.
LESSON NUMBER ONE
Lesson Number One: It is important to own a device for in-home use. The importance became amplified during the 90 days when the quarantine began and leaving the house for anything was not an option. I have been using the OMRON Complete Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG. It syncs to the OMRON Connect app which records the readings. This is very important for those of us with blood pressure issues and heart disease in the family. During the first 60 days, I was doing great. The readings were slightly higher but not in the hypertension zone.
Then, readings suddenly changed. I saw that I was beginning a time of regular readings in either Hypertension 1 or 2. It made me think about how my lifestyle had changed after coming home to work on March 11. I was no longer going to the gym and experiencing regular workouts. My husband and I were eating a lot of restaurant cooking in order to support our local favorites and help keep them in business. So, one day I went to the scales…
LESSON NUMBER TWO
Lessons Number Two: Pay attention to what the OMRON Connect App says. I don’t find scales to be encouraging…so I tend to avoid them. When I weighed this time, I was shocked at how much weight I had put on during the quarantine. I knew that had to be part of the problem, but I also knew it would take time to get it off. I decided it was time to bring my doctor in on this conversation.
The first thing the nurse said when I showed her the app was, “I am familiar with OMRON products, they are good.” This was the first conversation I had with my doctor where I was open to blood pressure medication if it was needed. I had fought it before, but I do not want to be one of those statistics OMRON is working to lower. We looked at the readings on the app together and had a conversation around them. That made the appointment easier and informative.
My doctor has concerns about a medication driving the readings too low. So, I am following her directions to exercise, eat right, and lose weight over the next 30 days while continuing to monitor daily readings on my OMRON Complete.
Then I am to return to the doctor’s office and we will see what we learn. Of course, with the updated readings on my app in hand.
LESSON NUMBER THREE
Lesson Number Three: Keep OMRON a part of my daily life. I am in the process now of making daily changes and exercise is a huge part of the plan. Since I am high-risk and can no longer go to the gym, I am exercising every day with a new at home machine. Mr. B & I have decided to only support our local eateries one day a week…rather than two to three, and we are on a new healthy eating plan. I have until mid-June to see if I can lower my blood pressure on a regular basis or try the medication.
After the first challenge I did with OMRON, I saw my blood pressure readings go down, so I stopped taking the readings daily. I now know that I am so close to Hypertension that I need to do the at-home readings regularly and not just during a challenge from OMRON. It is so important.
I will be back with a final post and results of the routine my doctor requested and what she tells me in that next meeting.
I highly recommend the OMRON Complete because it is effective, easy, and gives the doctor both the EKG reading in addition to the blood pressure readings.
I hope my journey is helping some of you see the importance of readings taken at home on an app. OMRON does not want anyone to be a heart attack or stroke victim.
If you’re newly diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important to take immediate action to begin treatment. If you’ve been hypertensive for some time and have not yet begun treatment, it’s urgent to talk to your doctor about your heart health and to build your immunity against possible epidemics. Join me as we get serious!
Once again, I say thank you to OMRON.
KEEP SMILING and STAY SAFE!!
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, but the words are my own.