Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Information
Our goal is to help you to manage your condition well and to minimise the impact of the condition on your long-term health.
More and more, people are taking control of their high blood pressure by having a blood pressure monitor at home ( https://bihsoc.org/bp-monitors/for-home-use/ ) and taking steps to improve their blood pressure.
These include taking more exercise, having a healthier and low-salt diet, stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol and, where needed, taking medication consistently.
Above all, being as informed as possible, often sharing experiences with others and building healthy daily routines makes the biggest difference.
What should my blood pressure be?
Information about normal blood pressure ranges depending on your age and conditions:
(note that you may have agreed a different target range with your nurse, GP or specialist)
You’ve just been diagnosed with high blood pressure:
During the course of your investigations for high blood pressure, you will need to have some blood tests (eg kidney function, cholesterol) and possibly a heart tracing (ECG). A few people may need more specialist investigations. The most important thing is to keep a diary of your blood pressure readings.
Blood pressure diary
To complete a blood pressure diary, you should monitor your blood pressure every morning and evening for 5-7 consecutive days. Please make sure this is not measured 1st thing in the morning but at least 20 mins after rising. Each time you record your blood pressure, you should ensure that you relax for a few minutes beforehand and your feet are flat on the floor. You should repeat the check 3 times in a row and record the lowest of those 3 readings
Please use the specially designed MS Excel diary file to record your blood pressure readings which will automatically calculate your average blood pressure reading.
Click here to download the Excel file
Working with you to manage your blood pressure:
Step 1 - Make a note of your target blood pressure
Step 2 - Send us your home blood pressure readings to firstname.lastname@example.org
If we haven’t had a blood pressure reading from you for 12 months we will send you a text reminder.
Step 3 - We will review your readings.
Step 4 - If you have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure we will talk to you about your results and risk factors for other conditions such as stroke and heart disease and how we manage these
If your readings are NOT within your agreed normal range then we will invite you to a follow-up group video-consultation (link to follow shortly).
If your readings are within your agreed normal range then you are still welcome to join a group video-consultation or simply continue to monitor your blood pressure at home and contact us if you have any concerns.
Step 5 - Please update and use your care plan and blood pressure diary to stay well and in control of your own health and wellbeing.
Your care plan
Here is a link to a downloadable care plan in MS Word format which you can complete to help you to manage your blood pressure.
- What is high blood pressure? - British Heart Foundation
- High blood pressure - NHS
- Patient Statin Decision Aid
- Pros and Cons of Statins
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