Those who self-monitor for hypertension (high blood pressure) regularly tend to have lower blood pressure compared to those who do not, also lowering their risk of cardiovascular problems, according to a meta analysis of 52 studies.
Self-monitoring is effective (in the short term) when carried out in conjunction with external resources such as online websites or telephone calls with health carers. Hayden Bosworth, who was part of the study, says the key is in people taking “ownership of their healthcare”. Additionally home monitoring can compliment doctor’s results to produce a more reliable overview of your blood pressure, as some people become anxious when visiting doctors which raises their blood pressure producing an inaccurate result, known as white coat syndrome.
If you are self-monitoring do ensure you take action when your blood pressure goes up to abnormal levels from your own history. We should all take responsibility for our own health because we know our bodies best and know what is normal for us. In a physician’s mind a low heart rate could be a problem but for those of us that do a lot of cardiovascular exercise a low heart rate is normal.