Just the facts: Here are three files you can download for the BEST EVER blank form for tracking blood pressure readings with a home measurement unit! It shows 31 days of the month as rows, and lists twelve different time-periods throughout the day as columns. Meant for non-professional use, it will help daily patterns to stand out. While it can be noted on paper with your own symbols and comments, by downloading the Excel file you can make changes to the master. Use as you will; I am placing this in the public domain.
Backstory: I have been taking my own blood pressure “on and off” for years with a portable Omron unit. It gives me the confidence I need to trust the doctor’s office readings, which are usually high. Even my dentist is into taking a measurement before working on me–and those readings are usually high. Having my own unit has allowed me to periodically create a baseline and recognize stress, dietary salt sensitivity, lack of exercise, etc. But as I get older it seems there might be other things in the mix, and now I need to get more serious about doing regular, day to day, tracking–not just spot checking others’ results. I already have the unit; now to find a logging form I can use….
Hmm. Wouldn’t you think it would be easy to find an online form for this? In my age-bracket, isn’t “everybody and their brother” doing this? Oh, there are plenty of forms out there, but they are pretty much useless for helping one recognize a pattern! So I made my own form, the “Month-at-a-Glance Blood Pressure Log.” You can use it for free, even modify it with the Excel file. I am making it public domain, without copyright. I will try to post it in various places, hoping it gets picked up by the search engines. Or, you can find your copies right here.
***No, you don’t have to fill in every box. I did that at the start, to find the times of the day that were most concerning. But after you decide which times are the most important to track, just do that going forward.***
***Also, I enter the code letters next to the readings themselves, for example: 153/91 F. The “notes” box at the far right are for other comments you might want to make.***