Encouraging Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
UK health awareness organisations are urging more health professionals to support home blood pressure monitoring as an additional way of keeping an eye on patients’ blood pressure.
Home monitoring can be a great way to help people with high blood pressure feel more in control of their condition,
It enables them to keep track of their blood pressure between visits to their doctor or nurse and also helps them to see what effect lifestyle changes and taking their medication are having.
Self-checking is a great way to keep a track of your blood pressure between checks by a medical professional.
Using a monitor at home may also show whether your readings are higher in the doctor’s surgery than at home (known as hypertension – white coat effect).
Many people with high blood pressure find that home monitoring helps them to feel more in control of their condition. If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor before starting home monitoring so that they can be part of the process.
How you measure your blood pressure can affect the accuracy of results. To help, the you can read the following guidelines on measuring your blood pressure at home.
How to choose a blood pressure monitor
Many blood pressure monitors are available but make sure you choose one that is clinically validated. Such monitors have been shown in trials to give accurate results.
The British Hypertension Society publishes a list of clinically validated blood pressure monitors.
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