• Talking to your cardiovascular nurse about your blood pressure

    The year 2017 has been declared the “Year of the Healthy Nurse” by the American Nurses Association. At Good Samaritan Hospital , we’re celebrating National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12 this year. This awareness week is an excellent opportunity to recognize the many ways nurses promote superior cardiac care. As an essential member of your cardiac care team, your nurse can work one-on-one with you to help you manage your blood pressure.

    Ask about blood pressure fluctuations

    Each time you go to the hospital for a check-up, your cardiac care nurse will take your blood pressure. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, such as:

    • Is my blood pressure within a healthy range?

    • Is my blood pressure different from my last visit?

    • Could normal fluctuations be causing my high blood pressure?

    This last question can be important because blood pressure does normally fluctuate slightly throughout the day. It also changes in response to factors like your stress level and physical activity. Let your cardiac care nurse know if you were rushing to get to your appointment, are under a great deal of stress or recently had a cup of coffee.

    Share concerns about your medications

    Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for cardiac patients to stop taking their prescribed medication. The reasons for this include troublesome side effects, high medication costs and confusion about dosages.

    Let your nurse know if you haven’t been taking your blood pressure medicine as prescribed . Nurses are excellent problem-solvers. He or she can help you overcome any challenges you might be facing.

    Talk about your lifestyle

    One of the ways your nurse can help you manage your blood pressure is by connecting you to the resources and information you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. You probably already know that, in general, eating well and exercising are important for blood pressure regulation. But the specifics of a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be confusing.

    Your cardiovascular nurse can help you with the following issues:

    • Calculating daily sodium intake

    • Understanding the guidelines for alcohol intake

    • Staying active while traveling

    • Overcoming nicotine cravings

    • Overcoming a sweet tooth

    • Estimating portion sizes

    Consider bringing a notebook to your appointment to help you keep track of the helpful information your nurse provides.

    When looking for cardiac care , more patients in Santa Clara County choose Good Samaritan Hospital than any other community hospital. We continually invest in the latest medical technology, and our skilled nursing team offers an unparalleled level of personalized care. To request a referral to a cardiac care specialist in San Jose, call our nurse referral line at (888) 724-2362.