Self Monitor Blood Pressure
Check Blood PressureSelf monitor your own blood pressure nightly. With PKD our highest blood pressures can be in the evening time as well as throughout the night while we are sleeping. For this and other reasons, sometimes doctors have us take blood pressure medications at night.
Get a blood pressure device and have it calibrated at each doctor's visit. There are certain blood pressure medications better for PKD'rs than others. These not only lower blood pressure but also decrease proteinuria and increase kidney blood flow. If your blood pressure is normal (100/70 - 110/60 - 120/80), maintain this blood pressure by limiting salt (brown rice and vegetables is good starting point), go for daily gentle walks, keep a lower body weight, eat mostly vegetables, avoid the top ten allergic foods as well as any food allergies, get rest, drink plenty of water, eliminate caffeine, even de-caf drinks.
If one does not have the means to purchase a blood pressure cuff then take your own blood pressure at pharmacies, drug stores, warehouse stores wherever you can find a public blood pressure machine.