How to Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home

Measuring your blood pressure (BP) at home is an important part of managing hypertension. This condition, also called high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood flow through your veins is too high on a consistent basis.

Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many don’t even know they have it. Uncontrolled hypertension can be dangerous, as it leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Who Should Check Their Blood Pressure at Home?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that all people with hypertension check their blood pressure regularly at home and share the results with their physician.

“This will help the physician to figure out when pharmacological therapy is required or if the prescribed dose is adequate,” says Giv Heidari-Bateni, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Hypertension Center at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute in California.

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