Abnormal Blood Pressure

Monitoring your blood pressure at home can be a really useful ways of seeing what your blood pressure is like in your daily life and reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.

By using a home blood pressure monitor you can be in more control of your condition, it will also help you to give your GP a more complete picture of what your blood pressure is like day to day. Your GP may want you to measure your blood pressure at home to make sure that your medicine is helping to bring your blood pressure down. You will also be able to see if your blood pressure is higher at the surgery than it is at home, often blood pressure readings can appear to be elevated when taken at the doctor’s surgery, this is due to a number of factors such as the stress of a doctor’s appointment.

Ideally we should all have a blood pressure below 120 over 80. This is the ideal blood pressure for people wishing to have good health, at this level you will be at a much lower risk of heart disease or stroke.

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