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Blood Pressure Checks
Have you had your blood pressure checked recently?
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common important cause of serious and preventable illness. It usually has either none or only mild symptoms so you may not know that you have it without a blood pressure check. Recent NICE guidelines have changed to allow the use of home blood pressure readings in making the diagnosis and also in monitoring treatment in people known to have high blood pressure.
If you have a home blood pressure machine please take a note of the following simple guidelines to make sure that you are using it correctly.
- Ensure that for each blood pressure recording, two consecutive measurements are taken, at least 1 minute apart and with the person seated for at least 5 minutes first
- Blood pressure is recorded twice daily, ideally in the morning and evening
- Blood pressure recording continues for at least 4 days, ideally for 7 days
- Discard the measurements taken on the first day and use the average value of all the remaining measurements
Normal results are both numbers less than 135/85 mmHg.
If either number of your average result are above or equal to 135/85 mmHg please contact the surgery to make an appointment with a doctor. A risk assessment is indicated to see if you need treatment or not.
Usually treatment is necessary if the readings remain 150/95 mmHg or above.
For people with a diagnosis of hypertension successful treatment will aim for home readings measured during the person’s usual waking hours of:
Lower than 135/85 mmHg for people aged under 80 years
Lower than 145/85 mmHg for people aged over 80 years
People with hypertension should have their blood pressure checked every 6 months to ensure that their treatment is working. Please let us know your home readings every 6 months so that your treatment can be monitored.
If you don’t have your own monitoring kit, patients can use the equipment located in our waiting rooms, at any time, without an appointment.
Simply hand the readings into reception and any follow-up action that may be needed will be dealt with by a doctor.