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by Emma Fitzwilliams, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | categories:

Keeping a check on your health, in particular your blood pressure is very important, as high blood pressure can indicate or lead to serious health risks such heart disease and a stroke. A study was conducted in America to see if patients could improve their blood pressure and get it under control by having them test their blood pressure at home on a regular basis instead of just when they go in to see their doctor for a check-up. The patients sent 6 readings a week to be reviewed by pharmacists who then made slight alterations to their medication to help get the patient’s blood pressure under control, if needed. They would also make suggestions to the patient about general lifestyle with the aim of improving their blood pressure readings. The patients with these monitors were compared to those who did not have this ability for home checks and only had the regular check-ups with the doctor. When the trial was completed, 72% of those that had been using a home monitor had managed to get their blood pressure under control, compared with only 57% of those who didn't have one.

Monitoring your blood pressure at home on a regular basis can be very quick and simple and the study mentioned shows how much easier it can be to help treat and control it, which ultimately gives you a better health outlook.

More information on the study can be found at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/checking-blood-pressure-at-home-pays-off-201307036436





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