Blood Pressure Monitoring

We may ask you to monitor your own blood pressure over a number of days and send your readings to us to review. You can do this either online or by using our SurgeryPod machines.

Blood pressure is the force by which blood is pumped from your heart and circulates through the arteries around your body. High and low blood pressure are two common conditions that can impact on your overall health.

Submit your blood pressure readings online

  • Use a home blood pressure monitor kit to take your readings following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make a note of your readings for each of the days/times our healthcare professional has requested.
  • Then send your readings to us using the blood pressure form.

Many retailers sell these kits such as the British Heart Foundation; online retailers (for example, Amazon); or your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Or use our SurgeryPod machine to take your blood pressure

Patient using a SurgeryPod to measure their blood pressure.
Blood Pressure reading via SurgeryPod

We have several SurgeryPods machines available for patients to use without the need for an appointment. The SurgeryPod is connected to a computer and can accurately take readings such as blood pressure and weight measurements. Your results are automatically saved to your health record. SurgeryPods are easy to use and available during our opening hours.

Understanding your blood pressure reading

A blood pressure test measures the pressures in your arteries as the heart pumps. Your blood pressure is recorded in two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure (the top number): the pressure when your heart pushes blood out
  • Diastolic pressure (the bottom number): the pressure when your heart rests between beats.

For example, if your blood pressure is “140 over 90” (140/90mmHg), it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.

As a general guide:

  • ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg
  • high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher
  • low blood pressure is considered to be below 90/60mmHg
  • However, blood pressure levels can vary.

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension

High blood pressure can increase your risk of serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke.

Low blood pressure is also known as hypotension

Low blood pressure occurs when the force of blood flow through your arteries is lower than normal. This can cause symptoms such as dizziness and fainting.

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