This one’s a doozy.
As we’ve already mentioned elsewhere, your blood pressure isn’t an illness. Far from it, in fact, everyone needs to have some blood pressure or else they wouldn’t be able to function. Your blood pressure is what makes your blood circulate to your brain and other vital parts of your body. At the same time, we know that if your blood pressure is too high, then it increases your risk of developing complications. We also know that if we lower your blood pressure then you’re likely to live a longer, healthier life.
The reason we know this is because we’ve studied large numbers of people who are very similar to you. Groups of people with lower blood pressures tend to live longer, healthier lives than similar groups with higher blood pressures.
However, you have to be certain that you’re comparing like with like. As mentioned elsewhere, your blood pressure can vary during the day. Therefore it’s important that we try as much as possible to measure everyone’s the same way. That way, we can be sure that measuring your blood pressure at home, will give a comparable result to the blood pressures of the people we’ve studied.
So it’s twice a day, two measurements at least a minute apart, whilst sat with your arm supported comfortably, for seven days. The monitor needs to be at a similar height to your heart. Then we discard the first day’s readings and take the average of the rest.
As the Yourpressure app will guide you through the whole process from start to finish, you can be certain that you’re measuring your blood pressure in the best possible way. This also happens to be in line with the recommendations from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the European Hypertension Society.
So there you have it. It’s best to measure your blood pressure in the standard way so that we know that the measurement you get is comparable to the people in the research studies.
Do you agree? If so let us know in the comments. If not then tell us why not?