Home blood pressure monitoring can help your self-care
Learn to check your own blood pressure or have a
family member or friend learn.
When buying a device, consider the
size of the cuff, how easy it is to read the gauge and hear with the
stethoscope, how clear the written instructions are, and whether special care
or maintenance is required. (See an illustration of a
blood pressure cuff.) Ask your doctor or nurse to check the monitor to make
sure it works right.
Check your blood pressure at several different
times of day to see how your daily activities may affect your blood
Keep records of your home blood pressure measurements and
bring them to your next doctor's visit.
Compare the blood pressure
measurements taken at home with those taken in your doctor's office at least
once a year (or more often if your home measurements are very different from
those obtained by your health professional).