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Checking Blood Pressure
Accuracy - Reliability - Value For Money

If you are checking blood pressure at home you'll want to choose from the best blood pressure monitors available for home use, and preferably validated clinically validated.

Checking blood pressure is quick and easy. It gets you involved in managing your health, and you become aware of changes that may be warning signs for more serious conditions. Keeping a record of your readings will be useful if you do develop any related health problems.

If you have high blood pressure, using a home monitor will help you see how changes to lifestyle and diet are affecting your blood pressure, or if your medication is working. Checking blood pressure at home will provide a fuller picture to your medical practitioner of day to day variations.

Did you know there are often no signs of high blood pressure? and do you know what a normal blood pressure reading is?


Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

checking blood pressure reading - blood pressure monitor

There plenty of home blood pressure monitors on the market at very reasonable prices - less than £50 or $100 US. However, there are a few things to check before making your purchase:-

  • Choose an upper-arm monitor - these are more accurate than the finger or wrist kind.


  • Make sure the cuff is the correct size - if it doesn't fit correctly the reading won't be accurate. A choice of medium or large is usually available.

  • Choose a monitor that has been 'clinically validated' for accuracy and reliability - this means you and your doctor can trust the readings.

  • Make sure the numbers on the readout are easy to see.

    Clinical validation - from the British Hypertension Society website

    Make sure that the home blood pressure monitor you choose has been “clinically validated” and is listed by the British Hypertension Society (a society of doctors and nurses who have a special interest in high blood pressure, its measurement and treatment).

    This means that the digital monitor has gone through a series of tests to make sure it gives results that you and your doctor can trust. It means that the monitor has been tested to make sure that it gives accurate and reliable results.

    If a monitor is clinically validated and listed by the British Hypertension Society, it means that - regardless of its cost - it will give reliable readings when used correctly.


Taking Blood Pressure Readings

It's so easy - put the cuff on your upper arm and press a couple of buttons! Well that's what it boils down to but there are some guidelines to follow!

  • Follow the intructions that came with your monitor.
  • Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable.
  • Don't take readings within 30 minutes of a meal, drinking caffiene or smoking.
  • Stay still and silent, feet flat on the floor.
  • Always use the same arm.
  • Take the readings at the same time of day.
  • Don't get stressed and obsessed!

If you have any doubts about whether this is the right thing for you to do please discuss with your medical practitioner and take their advice.


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