Do you have Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) or a history of it?
Hypertension is a very common long term condition which can be treated by lifestyle changes &/or medication. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your heart & blood vessels, this can lead to a heart attack or stroke, among other things, so it's very important to monitor your blood pressure yourself regularly.
We recommend that you purchase a Blood Pressure machine to keep at home. You can purchase them from Boots, Argos & Amazon and they can be as little as £20.
If you have hypertension you will be called for an annual blood pressure review (we try to stagger these by birth month). When you are called, it is worth bringing a weeks worth of blood pressure readings with you to the appointment so that the Nurse can assess them, as, at times, when taken in surgery your BP can be alittle high just because you are worried about the appointment or have been rushing about. Please use an actual home blood pressure form to record your readings & average them. Here is a verified form: /My Home BP Monitor Diary.pdf Unfortunately we cannot accept readings on scraps of paper.
If you are taking prescribed medication for your high blood pressure you will also need an annual blood test.
More information on Hypertension can be found here: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/your-blood-pressure/how-to-lower-your-blood-pressure/monitoring-your-blood-pressure-at-home/how-to-measure-your-blood-pressure-at-home
Published: Apr 27, 2022
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