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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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Home Blood Pressure Test

Blood pressure is displayed on a circular dial with a needle. As the pressure in the cuff rises, the needle moves clockwise on the dial. As the cuff pressure falls, the needle moves counterclockwise. As the cuff pressure falls, the reading on the gauge when blood flow is first heard is the systolic pressure. The reading on the gauge when blood flow can no longer be heard is the diastolic pressure.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitors

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that is worn throughout the day, usually for 24 or 48 hours. The device takes your blood pressure automatically.

Your doctor might recommend this monitor if he or she thinks you have white-coat (or office) hypertension or if other methods do not give consistent results.

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Why It Is Done

Home blood pressure monitoring measures your blood pressure at different times and in different places (such as at home and at work) during the day. It may be done to:

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is often used if there is a big difference between the blood pressure readings you get at home and your readings in your doctor's office.

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