This post follows on from my last one 'I feel ill, is it because my blood pressure is high?’. I started that post by imagining I was suffering from a set of symptoms and wondering if they were being caused by my high blood pressure. In most cases, it turns out that high blood pressure … Continue reading I feel ill, is it because my blood pressure is low?
I feel generally ill. Tired, a bit dizzy, nauseated. Sometimes I get chest pain and breathless. Or headaches. So what's making me feel ill? Let's check my blood pressure in case that's why… my blood pressure monitor gives me a high reading (let's say 166/94mmHg). So, now I know why I'm feeling ill right? I … Continue reading I feel ill, is it because my blood pressure is high?
Almost all blood pressure monitors give you three numbers at the end of their measurement. The systolic and diastolic blood pressure and your pulse. We always focus on the blood pressure numbers, but is there anything useful to learn from your pulse when it comes to measuring your blood pressure? In an earlier blog post … Continue reading What about my pulse? Part 2
Almost all blood pressure monitors give you three numbers at the end of their measurement. The systolic and diastolic blood pressure and your pulse. We always focus on the blood pressure numbers, but is there anything useful to learn from your pulse when it comes to measuring your blood pressure? What is your pulse … Continue reading What about my pulse? Part 1
We’re often asked whether wrist blood pressure monitors are accurate. They can certainly seem more attractive to use than the upper arm variety. However most doctors and nurses advise against using them. But why? The main issue is that, compared to an upper arm monitor, the accuracy of a wrist monitor is much more dependent … Continue reading Are wrist blood pressure monitors any good?
When you measure your blood pressure you need an accurate measurement. That avoids you getting medications you don't need, suffering side effects and generally being stressed and worried! The experts (National Institute for Clinical and Healthcare Excellence) recommend taking a diary of home blood pressure readings every morning and evening to get an accurate average … Continue reading Another problem with measuring blood pressure… When to do it?
A question we get asked frequently at YourPressure, is what's to be done about people who have "spikes" in their blood pressure. The problem is that at the moment, there isn't a good answer to that question. Here's the issue. We know that it is normal for people to have variation in their blood pressure. … Continue reading What’s the deal with blood pressure “spikes”?
There's a problem with blood pressure. The problem is that there's a difference between how blood pressure is seen by the medical profession and their patients. Amongst the medical profession, the belief is that not enough people are diagnosed with high blood pressure, and those that are, are being mostly undertreated. Amongst patients, the majority … Continue reading The problem with blood pressure
To get the most out of the YourPressure service, you will need access to a blood pressure monitor. They cost about £10-20. They're available from pharmacies, larger supermarkets or online. Using a home monitor lets you check your blood pressure at home without having to come in to the doctor's surgery to get it done. … Continue reading Which blood pressure monitor is best?
This is quite complex. Broadly speaking there are 4 reasons why people get side effects. As ever, people are not simple, so if you get side effects it could be due to all four reasons combined. Over-diagnosis and over-treatment We know that high blood pressure diagnosed in clinical settings leads to a high rate … Continue reading Why do I get so many side effects from my blood pressure medication?
One of our contributors recently asked why, when we spend all our day up and about, do we measure it when we’re sat down, with our feet flat on the floor, after waiting five minutes? Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing? Surely if your blood pressure spikes, it’s important to measure those spikes? This is … Continue reading Why do I measure my blood pressure in a seated position?
Have you been told to keep a blood pressure diary by your doctor? Perhaps you heard in a support group that it was a good thing to do? Maybe you even read about it on YourPressure.com? It's certainly something worth thinking about. The reason is that keeping a diary and working out the average of … Continue reading How to use a blood pressure diary to reduce your risk of unnecessary medications and side effects
Do you find that your blood pressure varies a lot when you measure it? Perhaps you’re worried about “spikes” in your blood pressure? This could be because you're not getting accurate readings. In this blog post we’ll tell you how to get accurate readings every time. You could find that your blood pressure is actually … Continue reading How to measure your blood pressure
One of the things that people keep telling us on YourPressure is that they’re worried about side effects from their blood pressure medications. We think it’s one of those cases where the experience of doctors and the experience of their patients’ are very different. Doctors see the benefits of lowering blood pressure and wonder what … Continue reading Worried about side effects from your blood pressure medication? Read on to find out how to reduce them…
At YourPressure, one topic that people keep on asking us about is how they can reduce or even stop their blood pressure medication. This is closely followed by how they can reduce the side effects from their medication. At YourPressure, we believe that by measuring your blood pressure at home, you can reduce the risk … Continue reading Do you want to know the best way to reduce the amount of blood pressure medication that you take?