We’re not telling you anything new here when we say that high blood pressure can lead to health issues, including stroke. Just reducing your blood pressure by 5 points can decrease your risk of a recurrent stroke by 10% and reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by up to 25%. But what can you do to make sure your blood pressure is under control? That’s what a team of Canadian researchers sought to answer.
Keeping your blood pressure in check
The researchers wanted to see what happened when patients closely monitored their blood pressure and had this supervised by a pharmacist case manager to help them control it. Each patient received a blood pressure device to take home and had to measure 4 times a day for 1 week each month. After 3 months, patients needed to do this only one week each quarter. This data was sent directly via the internet to their case manager. If a measurement was high, the case manager suggested a way to lower it. And there were a number of ways to help control it such as medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
The benefits of monitoring are clear
So what did the researchers find out? They found that patients were better able to control their blood pressure by actively monitoring it. They also learned that a 10-point reduction can lower the risk of another stroke by 30%. Not only did the patients’ health benefit, but there was also a clear economic upside. It turns out that this type of supervised at-home monitoring actually costs less than the regular practice of visiting a doctor.
Being aware of your measurements is the first step to controlling your blood pressure. That’s why Strokemark offers blood pressure monitoring in every course we offer. You keep track of your readings each day and can then see how it improves throughout the course as you adopt a more active lifestyle. Interested in seeing how our courses can help reduce your risk of a second stroke? Be one of the first people to sign up for our app and see how exercise can lower your blood pressure and improve your general health.
The lead author of this original study is Raj S. Padwal MD, from the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.