Measure and Control Your Heart Health

It’s not always easy to get an appointment with your local family doctor or GP practice and when you do its usually to discuss a problem you are having rather than a health check-up. With this in mind it is becoming more important for individuals to take charge of their own health and wellbeing at home by living a healthy lifestyle and monitoring key metrics such as weight, blood pressure, heart rhythm as well as diet, energy levels, stress and sleep patterns.

Active Heart Health is here to assist you with understanding your heart health and how to check for the two silent killers:

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Atrial Fibrillation

Blood Pressure

What is a normal blood pressure reading?

Current guidelines for the UK (published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2019) and Europe (published by the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) in 2018) support the use of home blood pressure monitoring.

They recommend using the average of several readings as being more representative of a person’s blood pressure. Readings should be taken both in the morning and evening with two blood pressure measurements recorded each time, performed 1-2 minutes apart. They also highlight the importance of resting in a quiet room for 5 minutes prior to measuring.

Both guidelines agree a normal blood pressure measured at home and at rest is less than 135 / 85mmHg.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Currently guidelines for the UK (NICE 2019) and Europe (ESC 2018) agree a blood pressure measured at rest and at home of 135 / 85mmHg or higher is suggestive of hypertension.

How to measure your blood pressure?

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