We sometimes ask you to take your blood pressure yourself at home. Often when people have their blood pressure checked at the surgery it is higher than normal. This may be due to 'white coat hypertension', a term used to describe the effect on blood pressure caused by the anxiety of the check. You may not be aware of this feeling but it is very common.
Taking your blood pressure at home allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of your blood pressure. Taking a series of readings allows us to see what level your blood pressure is on average. Blood pressure is normally very variable, however if the pressure remains high it can cause damage.
If we have asked you for a reading and you have a machine at home you can use the form below to record the results. Remember that home machines should be calibrated regularly.
Monitoring you BP at home form