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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring (HBPM)

Given the current pandemic situation we would like to encourage patients to monitor their own Blood Pressure at home. The surgery and pharmacies in Swanage are unable to do open access BP monitoring due to infection control and we are still trying to limit contacts with the surgery.

Taking BP at home is a valid way to monitor your BP and treatment.

This is advised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

Please follow the instructions below to monitor your BP at home.

If you need to purchase a BP machine, please get advice from the high street pharmacies or you can buy for £20 online. A wrist monitor is not recommended.

Understanding your blood pressure reading

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and is given as two figures:

  • Systolic pressure (Top Reading) – the pressure when your heart pushes blood out
  • Diastolic pressure (Bottom Reading) – the pressure when your heart rests between beats

For  example, if your blood pressure is "140 over 90" or 140/90mmHg, it  means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure  of 90mmHg.

As a general guide:

  • Normal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg
  • High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher
  • Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower

A  blood pressure reading between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg could mean  you're at risk of developing high blood pressure if you don't take steps  to keep your blood pressure under control.

Submitting your blood pressure reading

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