The practice is asking all patients who have been diagnosed as having raised blood pressure (hypertension) to obtain their own automatic blood pressure device, for use at home.
We do not recommended any particular brand or model, but it is important to choose one with an elbow, and not a wrist, cuff, and if possible check that the size of the cuff is appropriate for the circumference of the upper arm. This information should be available from the vendor, or on the packaging.
Home blood pressure readings have several advantages over those done at the surgery. Quite apart from the convenience, and the advantage to people who are shielding themselves whilst Covid-19 infection remains a risk, home readings are more representative of one’s true blood pressure. This avoids the common problem of falsely raised readings done at the surgery, so-called “white coat hypertension.”
We will be asking you to take two readings twice a day for a week, and the average of these will be recorded as the blood pressure. To help us calculate the average, we would like you enter the readings straight on to a spreadsheet, which will automatically average them. Please contact us at the surgery and we will send you a form via email. Remember to click “enable editing” at the top to allow you to start entering values. When complete, please save it on your computer and send it to us through Ask My GP. If we need to advise you about the readings, for example if your medication needs to be altered in some way, we will reply to your message, again through Ask My GP.
Good blood pressure control is important in preventing many conditions, including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Management of your diet, weight and activity level is the foundation of good blood pressure control, and we can provide you with more information and support with this. If you are taking medication, home blood pressure monitoring will help us tailor your medication more precisely to your needs, and avoid unnecessary over-treatment.
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