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As a Caregiver, Your Blood Pressure Could be Climbing with Increased Stress and Anxiety

Caregiver in Novato CA

When was the last time you visited your doctor for a regular checkup? If you are in relatively good physical condition and have no prior health issues, it might have been several years. Yet now you are a Caregiver in Novato CAfamily caregiver taking care of your aging mother, father, or some other loved one.

Whether you work a full-time job, have a number of part-time jobs, are raising children, are actively involved in your community, spend time with friends, or have other responsibilities, you could be experiencing increased stress and anxiety as a result of the care you provide. That stress and anxiety can directly affect your health. Most of the changes are subtle. Most of those problems will develop and increase over time and one serious issue that can develop as a result of prolonged stress and anxiety is high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is basically the amount of pressure that is exerted from within the arteries when the heart is beating as well as when it is at rest. There are two numbers associated with blood pressure. The systolic and diastolic. The systolic measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating. This is the first number in the reading and is the higher of the two. The diastolic is a second number and measures pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, or in other words when the heart is between beats.

Blood pressure can be affected by a number of factors, including diet, exercise, stress, smoking, and much more. Blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attacks, and many other serious health issues. There are plenty of devices that are available throughout the country, including machines that you can sit down at when you step into a pharmacy or some supermarkets, slide your arm through a hole, press a button, feel the pressure build around your arm, and have your blood pressure show up on the screen in front of you.

Those are convenient, but they are not as accurate as having a licensed nurse or doctor read blood pressure. The more stress and anxiety you are under, especially if it is for a prolonged period of time, the more at risk you are for elevated blood pressure.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, burnt out, feeling anxious, can’t sleep well at night, are worried about too many things, then it’s time to sit down with your elderly loved ones and discuss the prospect of hiring professional home care providers. They may be reluctant at first, but once they realize how this job is affecting your health, the more likely they will be to admit a professional caregiver may be better option. Your health is just as important as the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one and this month, May, is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, so pay attention to yours.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Novato, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955