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Blood Pressure Monitor NZ For Home: Avoid A Silent Killer!

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Many ask – what is the value of buying and having a Blood Pressure Monitor NZ at home? Similarly, why should we worry about our blood pressure at all?

Often called the “silent killer”, high blood pressure affects many people who don’t know they have it.

High blood pressure may often have no symptoms, but if left untreated can cause; heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and dementia.

Having a blood pressure monitor from Zoom Pharmacy on hand gives you the chance to catch blood pressure issues early, and could even save your life.

Why buy a blood pressure monitor NZ for home?

Managing high blood pressure is very effective in reducing the risk of developing major diseases.

In fact, various studies have found that using a blood pressure monitor at home can help people keep their blood pressure under control.

A recent intervention published in 2021 in the British Medical Journal found that the management of hypertension by using self-monitored blood pressure led to better control of blood pressure after one year versus usual care.

Furthermore, using a blood pressure monitor at home is cost-effective, quick and very simple to do. Often, your healthcare advisers will ask you to monitor your blood pressure and having the correct tools on hand gives you the best chance of following their advice.

The upper arm style blood pressure monitor from Zoom is proven to be more accurate than wrist monitors. Additionally, this monitor has the ability to save and recall test results for two different profiles on the same device. So no more guessing whether your result is within your normal range!

Top tips on how to use your blood pressure monitor NZ

  • Don’t smoke, drink caffeine, or exercise for at least 30 minutes before taking a reading.
  • Take your blood pressure readings at the same time every day.
  • If you take your blood pressure in the morning, it is best taken before breakfast and before you take your medication.
  • If you take your blood pressure in the evening, take it after you take your medication.
  • Sit on a chair with a supportive back, with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Sit quietly for five minutes before you take your first reading.
  • You arm should be relaxed, with the cuff at heart level and on bare skin is best, so not over clothing.
  • Always take your blood pressure twice, one minute apart – don’t talk or be active between measurements.

How is blood pressure measured?

A blood pressure reading contains two numbers and is shown as a combination of both, e.g., 120/75.

Systolic is the pressure against your arteries as your heart pumps. The normal systolic pressure is usually between 110–130 mmHg, found at the top of your blood pressure reading.

Diastolic is the pressure against your arteries as your heart relaxes and fills with blood. The normal diastolic pressure is usually between 70–80 mmHg, found at the bottom of your blood pressure reading.

However, a single high blood pressure reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. It’s normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall during the day, depending on what you have been doing (e.g., exercise) and how you feel (e.g., stressed).

What is an ideal blood pressure?

The Heart Foundation states for most people, an ideal blood pressure is 120/75 or lower.

If you are on medication for high blood pressure, the target blood pressure for most people is 130/80.

Readings can vary depending on:

  • Time of day
  • Stress
  • Recent exercise
  • Consumption of caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol

To find out if you need to do something about your blood pressure levels, visit your doctor, and have a heart and diabetes check.

Talk to your healthcare professional about your results and ideal blood pressure target. Equally important is to talk to your loved ones and make sure they are aware of the dangers surrounding blood pressure.

Immediately contact your doctor if you are repeatedly getting results well above the safe range for healthy blood pressure readings that you have identified.

Top four lifestyle tips for lowering your blood pressure

  • Get active even just by walking a bit more. Thirty minutes of walking a day are all it takes.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Reduce salt intake by checking out the labels on processed foods you buy – aim for low sodium options of less than 120mg of sodium per 100g.
  • Reduce alcohol intake.

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