High blood pressure: How to take your reading at home

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When you check your blood pressure, don’t talk and just relax. Press the on button, and then press the start button.

You’ll feel the cuff inflate quite rapidly. It may temporarily be a bit tender or uncomfortable for, as the cuff inflates and deflates automatically, but this will only be for a short period of time. If it is too tender/uncomfortable you can just press the ‘Stop’ button and the cuff will instantly deflate.

Once you get your reading, make a note of the reading. Some blood pressure machines now come with a printer. This allows you to stick your print outs in your diary.

A few minutes after you’ve taken your blood pressure, it’s a good idea to check it again, to make sure the readings are similar and accurate.

If you’ve been asked by your GP or nurse to check your blood pressure, take it twice a day – morning and evening – and then make an appointment to see him or her to discuss the results.

Blood pressure tests can be carried out at a number of places such as your local GP surgery, some pharmacies and workplaces. They can also be carried out at home.

According to the NHS, “This can give a better reflection of your blood pressure, as being tested in somewhere like a GP surgery can make you feel anxious and can affect the result. It can also allow you to monitor your condition more easily in the long term.”

High blood pressure is a prevalent condition that affects one in four people in the UK, although many will not realise they have it. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes. If untreated, a high bp can pose life-threatening risks such as heart disease and strokes. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high is to have your blood pressure checked.

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