Blood Pressure At Home
BP@Home with Viso: Managing Hypertension at Home
Why do I need to monitor my blood pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension or raised blood pressure, is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms, but persistent and untreated high blood pressure can increase the risk of several serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions such as:
- heart disease
- heart attacks
- heart failure
- peripheral arterial disease
- aortic aneurysms
- kidney disease
- vascular dementia
NHS Dorset, in alignment with NHS England recommendations, collaborates with Omron Healthcare to offer home blood pressure monitoring through the Viso app. This initiative enables efficient hypertension management, reducing the risks associated with high blood pressure.
- Ease of Use: No in-person appointments needed. Monitor your blood pressure at home and share results with your GP.
- Professional Oversight: Helps your healthcare provider track your health and adjust treatments as necessary.
- Accurate Measurements: Reduces anxiety associated with clinical testing, potentially providing more accurate readings.
The programme team are working with GPs to identify the patients who would benefit most from joining this programme and whose health outcomes and life chances will be dramatically improved as a result. Eligible patients will receive an invitation from their GP practice to join the Viso programme.
The process includes:
- Invitation via SMS: Accept or decline the invitation to register.
- Home Monitor Equipment: If you do not have a BP monitor at home, your GP practices may be able to organise for you to loan one and you can purchase your own here from the British Heart Foundation. While BP monitors start from under £20 for a standard cuff size (22-32cm), there are larger cuffs available. Visit the British Heart Foundation for more information.
- Remote monitoring: After submitting your readings through Viso, your surgery will review them and advise on any necessary treatment adjustments.
For comprehensive information about Viso:
Register and download the app
(Note patients must enter details as held on the practice medical record)
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