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Blood Pressure Home Monitoring Center
Welcome to our Home Monitoring Center!
On this page we provide links to information on blood pressure and home monitoring.
The links go to other sites. The links are my favorites.
Wishing you good heart health!
Blood pressure and hypertension
Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls. The pressure is highest when your heart beats (systolic) and lower when your heart rests (diastolic).
- Summary: High Blood Pressure fact sheet — a quick one page summary of what blood pressure is, what is considered high, and how to manage it.
- Article: Recent changes in what is considered good blood pressure — Dr. Floyd kindly contributed this article to our newsletter. If you think blood pressure is just something your doctor worries about, this article is for you!
- Article: What is pulse pressure and is it important? — This article explains pulse pressure and answers your pulse pressure questions.
- Reviews: Lower your blood pressure without drugs. — Joel Millers’ site reviews non drug alternatives to lowering blood pressure. He offers his Pressure Perfect program which lowers his blood pressure and gives him a good night’s sleep.
- Website: The Heart Center Online — lots of information about high and low blood pressure. Includes articles, quizzes, news and animations.
- Website: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s high blood pressure page. — a great online resource for info about blood pressure.
- Animations: Invision guide to a healthy heart — amazing 3D images which have been created from actual patients. Shows the damaging effects of high BP and heart attacks. (Requires “Flash” and can be a bit confusing at times, but worth persisting with).
- Website: Vaughns Blood Pressure Chart — This site has lots of blood pressure information and a chart which explains what the blood pressure ‘numbers’ really mean.
White coat hypertension
Many people experience white coat hypertension, (high blood pressure readings when taken by your Doctor) and this is one of the main reasons why home monitoring is useful.
Home monitoring of blood pressure
What you need, What to do before taking a reading, How to take readings, and Tracking your readings!
Home monitoring can help your blood pressure
Some interesting research has shown home monitoring and tracking of blood pressure can actually improve blood pressure levels.
- Study: The British Medical Journal — Blood pressure control in people with hypertension and the proportion achieving targets are increased when home blood pressure monitoring is used.
- Study: The British Medical Journal — Monitoring blood pressure at home improves control of hypertension.
Home monitoring in the news
Recent news reports that show the benefits of home monitoring.
Real accounts from people who monitor their BP
Many people are now monitoring their blood pressure from home … some for a month or two, some for the rest of their lives. Find out why in their own words.
- Index: Newsletter Stories — an index of over 12 stories originally published in our newsletter. Below is a selection.
Living with high blood pressure
- Website: MedicineNet.com — this is a nice page which describes the categories of blood pressure medications and various specific drugs. (Includes detailed descriptions of ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers)
- Website: NHLBI’s high blood pressure prevention page — healthy eating plans, and other lifestyle tips for preventing high blood pressure.