Last week saw the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, (NICE), producing guidelines recommending that people wanting measurement of their blood pressure should monitor it at home. It is felt that this will produce a more accurate assessment of their blood pressure that circumnavigates the so called “White-coat syndrome”, where patients record an unusually high blood pressure, due to nerves in the doctor’s surgery.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure, (hypertension), is implicated in various medical conditions including heart disease and stroke and is one of the country’s most widespread health problems. It costs the NHS a huge amount of money every year.
Recording more accurate readings will ensure that those who really need treatment will get treated and those who who don’t have hypertension do not receive unnecessary treatment. A doctor’s response to high blood pressure is typically prescription of medication. It might be worth trying other approaches.
Another more natural means of approaching the situation is using some of the techniques in Yoga. Breathing properly and using relaxation techniques are both very helpful in bringing down high levels of blood pressure.
Diet can also be helpful in reducing blood pressure.
Watch this space
I will soon be putting up videos of breathing techniques on The Clinic website so keep watching.
Measuring your own blood pressure is simple, using modern equipment that is readily available. The monitors are quite cheap, about £30, and easy to use. A typical example can be found at: http://www.firstaidwarehouse.co.uk/xpp-a_d_ua_767_plus_automatic_blood_pressure_monitor.html