The devices will make blood pressure monitoring easier for those who find it difficult to travel or do not have access to regular monitoring

Home blood pressure monitoring

Patients in England diagnosed with uncontrolled high blood pressure are now able to monitor their blood pressure at home thanks to the NHS. Blood pressure devices are being sent to more than 220,000 people as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, which will prevent an estimated 2200 heart attacks and almost 3300 strokes over the next 5 years.

The NHS has already delivered more than 65,000 units, which are similar to those used in GP practices. Patients send the reading to their GP to review by telephone, via email, or through a digital remote monitoring platform.

‘By using these monitors, and reporting the readings to local teams, patients are able to quickly and easily update GP teams with a regular snapshot of their blood pressure health’, said Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and National Medical Director of Primary Care for the NHS. ‘These simple checks will help us to save lives.’

The devices will also make blood pressure monitoring easier for those who find it difficult to travel or do not have access to regular monitoring. The project will be funded by NHSX, a joint unit of NHS England and the DHSC, founded in 2019 and aimed at developing best practice for NHS technology, digital, and data.

‘The pandemic has shown patients want to be more involved and active in their own health, and home remote monitoring for blood pressure or other conditions is good for patients and good for the NHS’, said Lisa Hollins, Director of Innovation at NHSX.

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and cases of dementia over the next 10 years.

This article originally appeared on Medscape, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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