There is increasing evidence that measuring blood pressure at home is a useful and accurate way to assess a patient’s response to changes in lifestyle or medications. Below are a few important tips on the correct procedure for monitoring your blood pressure at home. Many patients choose to buy their own blood pressure monitor - click HERE to see the advice on the devices that have been validated by The British Hypertension Society. We do however have a limited number of monitors provided by The Friends of Arnewood Practice which can be loaned for 2 weeks at a time.
How to monitor your blood pressure at home.
Once you have the monitor, use the BP log sheet and follow these simple instructions:
- Measure from the upper arm using an accurate device.
- Take your blood pressure whilst seated, with your arm and back supported, legs uncrossed and whilst you are not talking (talking and crossed legs increase blood pressure).
- Measure your blood pressure in both arms, and if there is a consistent difference of more than 20mmHg then always use the arm with the higher reading.
- Take two readings, at least a minute apart, morning and evening for 7 days recording the lower of the two readings onto the BP log sheet. If you need to, write any useful comments in the box provided. The systolic reading is the upper reading and the diastolic reading the lower one.
- Once you have completed 7 days of measurements
- Download a BP record sheet HERE, enter the readings and e-mail it to WHCCG.ArnewoodPractice@nhs.net – OR – you can print off the record sheet, enter your readings and bring into the surgery with the BP machine.
- Monitor every 3 months, or every 4-6 weeks after a change in your medication dosage.
For patients who have treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol this website www.qintervention.org is very interesting and useful for seeing and understanding the beneficial effects of the various treatments that your doctor might suggest. We particularly recommend the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension) for patients with high blood pressure. You can download and print out the DASH diet plan guide from our website or by enquiring at reception.