When you have been diagnosed with Hypertension (raised blood pressure), it is important to keep a close eye on your blood pressure. We will offer you appropriate review appointments with either your GP or Practice Nurse depending upon your needs. Julia Lumsden and Karen Budworth both run weekly clinics for patients who need to be monitored and supported.
You can help yourself by monitoring your own Blood Pressure at home but it is important to use a machine that is suitable. Guidance about machines can be found at The British Hypertension Society
Home BP Monitoring
It can be beneficial for patients to monitor their own blood pressure in the comfort of their own home, below is some guidance to help you with this:
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common problem, and there is overwhelming evidence to support the benefit of reducing high blood pressure in reducing your risk of stroke, heart disease and death.
Blood pressure is often a bit higher in the doctor’s surgery than at home and therefore home recordings tend to be a more realistic representation of your blood pressure. An average home blood pressure of 135/85 or less is normal.
You can buy a machine but machines can vary in reliability and we would therefore recommend that you buy one from the list of validated machines by the British Hypertension Society http://www.bhsoc.org - you will need a large cuff if you have a large arm.
If you do decide to monitor at home, we would encourage you to download our Monitoring sheet and bring this with you when you visit the GP or Practice Nurse for a blood pressure review.