Often home readings are more accurate than in a clinical setting as some people suffer from ‘white-coat syndrome’ - a falsely high blood pressure when they attend the surgery. We want to ensure we are treating your ‘true’ blood pressure readings therefore please follow the following instructions.
Please ensure that you are sat comfortably for 5 minutes, relaxed and not moving or talking. Remember that exercise, drinking coffee or smoking a cigarette immediately before taking a blood pressure measurement will elevate you blood pressure, as will talking while the measurement is being taken.
Ensure your arm is supported and at heart level.
Take 2 readings on the same arm at least 1 minute apart and write down the lowest reading.
After 7 days of readings we would like you work your average blood pressure. To do this you first need to discard Day 1’s readings.
Add together all the remaining AM and PM systolic (top) readings (there should be 12 in total) and divide by 12. This is your average systolic blood pressure.
Add together all the remaining AM and PM diastolic (bottom) readings and dividing by 12. This is you average diastolic blood pressure.