The Practice has two home blood pressure machines which we lend out to patients when they are diagnosed, in order to try and make sure their blood pressure isn't high just because they have come to the health centre!
Why home blood pressures are NOT like blood pressure in a GP surgery
The research has shown that on average, someone's blood pressure is 10mm on the 'top number (systolic blood pressure) and 5mm on the 'bottom number' (diastolic blood pressure) higher when they come to a clinic. The majority the blood pressure research is done in GP surgeries and hospitals, so to make a fair comparison, we add 10 to the top number and 5 to the bottom number when interpreting home blood pressure readings
How should home blood pressures be recorded?
We issue patients with these instructions
on how to record blood pressure at home properly. In order for the readings to be interpreted properly, we need at least 8 readings over 4 days, but you can make the readings more accurate by doing more if you wanted to. The research shows that the first day of readings also tend to be higher, so when calculating the average, we do not use the figures but do like to know what they were.
To make it easier to record, we also use this recording chart
which can be printed and completed by hand. If you are familiar with computer spreadsheets, you are welcome to download and use our home blood pressure calculator
which has been designed to reduce accidental mis-typing of blood pressures (e.g. typing in 1000 instead of 100). The spreadsheet has two 'worksheets on it' - one with the printout, and one with the calculator
What to do with the readings
It is best for the interpretation of the results to be personalised to your health, so when the recordings are done, please bring us the completed chart and we can then advise you what the results mean for you.