Hi, i am steve from my health software. What you are looking at here is my own blood pressure chart from 2004 to 2006. I will now zoom in on the chart. At the start of 2004, just before the start of this chart, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. These first readings that you can see here are the first readings I took with a home blood pressure monitor.
Before that, i probably had high blood pressure for a couple of years. like many people, in my 20s I was physically active and fairly fit. In my early 30s I started work as a computer programmer and worked long hours. I stopped exercising, didn’t eat properly, and put on weight. s had always told me that my blood pressure was a bit high, however they would usually just attribute that to white coat hypertneison.
Turns out it wasn’t white coat hypertension. in 2003, just to the left of the start of this chart, I started getting really bad headaches. I went to a new , and my blood pressure was really high .200+/100+. She actually sent me in for a stay at where the s poked and prodded me to try and find out why it was so high. They never found a reason, But my guess was that those years of not looking after myself had caught up with me.
The s put me on medication, and told me to buy a home monitor. Which brings us to these first readings that you can see here on this chart. A blood pressure chart is useful for two reasons. The first is to figure out whether your blood pressure is high or normal, the second is to see if your blood pressure is changing over time. Zoomin in on my readings in early 2004.
The highlighted readings here are mostly plotted in the darker colors, which indicates the readings would be classified as hypertension, ie systolic at or above 140 and diastolic at or above 90. Even though I was getting a few lower readings, displayed here in the lighter colors, I think it is pretty clear that for these first couple of months, I still had hypertension For the next three months, which you can now see highlighted, my systolic readings were.
Mostly between 120 and 140, and my diastolic readings between 80 and 90. these kinds of levels are classified as prehypertension, a kind of warning range. Research has shown that left untreated, prehypertension often turns into full blown hypertension. Fortunately for me I went the other way. Zooming the chart back out, you can see that for the next two years my readings where classifed as being normal, less than 120/80 which can be seen on this chart as the blue and green plots.
I still had the occasional reading in the warning range, as you can see here and here, but I think it is pretty clear from the chart that overall, my readings were no longer high. For more information about these hypertension/prehypertension and normal levels, see the link to our blood pressure facts sheet in the description below. This reading here was a reading that my took at her surgery, and I think it illustrates the benefits of home monitoring. A month or so before this, my had tiold me to.
Start reducing some of the medications that i had been on since february. Without seeing this full blood pressure chart my may have thought that my readings were heading back up, after the reduction in medication, but fortunately she could see from the chart that it was just a bit of white coat hypertension. ===Reminder Zooming back in on 2004, you can see that when I first got my monitor, I was keen and remembered to take a blood pressure reading.