Take Control of your own Blood Pressure!
Poorly controlled Blood Pressure makes you far more likely to develop strokes, heart failure and other horrors that afflict our arteries; controlling blood pressure well can reduce these risks enormously!
It has recently become clear that Blood Pressure readings done at home by patients is a far better guide to treatment than readings done by the doctor or nurse at the surgery:
1. 80% of patients attending the surgery have Blood Pressures higher than at home, and such ‘artificially’ raised Blood Pressures often lead to over-treatment.
What sort of Blood Pressure Machine (sphygmomanometer) should I buy?
Several sphygmomanometers have been evaluated by the British Hypertension Society (for complete list cf http:www.hyp.ac.uk/bhs/bp_monitors/automatic.htm)
We have had very good experience with the Omron range and can heartily recommend these machines from personal experience:
For further information contact: Omron Healthcare UK Ltd at 0870 7502771
To order a machine tel: (White Medical) 01788 553904 and mention that we have advised you to buy there (discount!)
Or Tel 01782 393127 for a price check at our local chemist
If you like internet shopping then : moretonmedical.co.uk is best
If you find any better suppliers, please, please let us know and we’ll pass on the good news! (Recent bargain on e-bay)
NB: When ordering ask for both a normal and a wide cuff – especially if you have a fat arm!
Remember when recording your Blood pressure:
If looking after your blood pressure properly seems expensive, just remember that the cost of ignoring it can be extortionate!
Good Luck! Bernard Shevlin, Tean (01538 722323)