Consider giving the gift of your time to spark that loved one to take his or her health seriously. It can be as simple as giving a gift certificate promising at least 30 minutes of your time weekly to go for a walk or a gym class. This may be one way to save on the credit card statements but still give someone a heartfelt gift of health.
Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.
When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.
There is a reason why Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" song is so popular. The weekend is a time to relax. It's a mini-vacation from work. Some people choose to read a book or go to the park while others take small road trips and have movie marathons. Even though there are only two days, you can still relax in several different ways.