Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Many people with hypertension measure their own blood pressure because it helps them to feel in control of their high blood pressure and health, and involves them in making decisions about their treatment. Measuring blood pressure at home can also help your doctor or nurse to find out the following:
What your readings are like away from the surgery or clin ic. Some people’s blood pressure is only raised when taken in a clinical or medical environment, such as the doctor’s surgery. This can be caused by feeling anxious, or by being in a busy or noisy environment. This can affect readings by as much as 20-30mmHg (systolic readings)
To see how well your treatment is working and how you respond to medications
To be sure that you have high blood pressure. To diagnose high blood pressure your doctor needs more than one reading. Home measurements can be a good way of finding out what your blood pressure is like when you are more relaxed and going about your daily life
Please download one of our home monitoring blood pressure forms which you can fill in and return to the surgery.