Blood pressure has never been more in the media spotlight, but why is it so important?
There are several reliable sources of information regarding high blood pressure (which medical staff refer to as hypertension)
For a general introduction see this document: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension we recommend buying your own blood pressure monitor for use at home. Choosing a machine can be difficult and it is important to buy a 'clinically validated' model that will give you an accurate and reliable reading.
With this in mind it is worth looking at the British Hypertension Society guide: http://www.bhsoc.org/blood_pressure_list.stm
The British Hypertension Society recommends taking your blood pressure twice daily for seven days if you are concerned it is raised, or wish to check your treatment is effective. The weekly average reading should be less than 135/85 to be considered 'normal' or 'controlled'
We have made a recording sheet with instructions to aid you in this task: Blood pressure reading record
If you are concerned your blood pressure readings are high please get in touch.