High blood pressure (hypertension) is responsible for half of all heart attacks and strokes.
It is simple to treat for most patients; however, in some patients, the blood pressure is only elevated in practice surgeries or in hospital clinics.
This is known as white coat hypertension and can lead to unnecessary lifelong medications for some people.
At Exeter Heart, we use 24-hour mobile home blood pressure monitors, to assess what your blood pressure is when you are not in the company of doctors, or nurses.
This gives a more reliable measure of blood pressure than single clinic readings.
It also ensures that, if you are taking medications for high blood pressure, you really do need them and that your blood pressure is well controlled as a result.