Monitoring Vital Signs

At VNSNY, we want to help you live your best life possible—and stay healthy. One of the most effective ways to do so is by carefully monitoring basic vital signs, which allows us to identify problems early and take measures to prevent them from becoming serious. During home visits, we check and review your overall condition and teach you about your body, so you can take control of your own health and spot potential symptoms.

For example, a two-pound weight gain for a person in good health may not be significant, but for a patient with congestive heart failure, it can signal a major medical problem. Our nurses teach you about your specific condition and ensure that any changes are evaluated, communicated to your doctor and treated.

To help you maintain your health, our nurses:

  • Check your vital signs, including your blood pressure, pulse, body temperature, respiration rate and weight
  • Teach you how to use a blood pressure cuff and other equipment, if necessary
  • Provide self-care and education materials about your specific illness
  • Help you evaluate changes in vital signs and recognize potential complications

Terms You Need To Know

Vitals and Vital Statistics

A person’s vitals or vital statistics refers to measures including blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, etc.


The rhythmic beat of the arteries caused by the contractions of the heart.

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Hypertension occurs when blood pressure consistently exceeds 140 (systolic pressure) over 90 (diastolic pressure) mmHg or millimeters of mercury. Systolic pressure is created when your heart beats and more...


To learn how VNSNY can help monitor your vital signs, please call us at 1-800-675-0391.