Online tool launched to help patients manage their blood pressure at home

A new online course to help patients measure their blood pressure at home has been launched.

The ISH is one of seven hypertension organisations around the world to sponsor the interactive ‘Home Blood Pressure Monitoring: Promoting Patient Self-Measurement’ course, from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

ISH involvement was via the ISH Secretary Professor George Stergiou.

The course is accessible via the PAHO website and includes:

  • a step-by-step guide to home blood pressure measurement
  • an explanation of factors that can lead to measurement error
  • guidance on how to interpret blood pressure numbers.

The module is delivered through an interactive video and an illustrated guide, and includes online listings of properly validated blood pressure measuring devices.

The course is aimed at people with hypertension or suspected hypertension. Health and social care professionals are also encouraged to take the course, in order to talk to patients about home measurement. They are encouraged to share the course with their patients.

This course was partially funded by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.

The sponsoring organisations are:

  • International Society of Hypertension
  • World Hypertension League
  • Hypertension Canada
  • Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group
  • Quebec Society of Vascular Sciences
  • Resolve to Save Lives.

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