Home Blood Pressure Test
How It Feels
You may feel some discomfort when the
blood pressure cuff inflates, squeezing your arm.
There are no risks or complications from this
Blood pressure for adults age 18 and older (mm Hg)2
119 or below
79 or below
120 to 139
80 to 89
140 or above
90 or above
Blood pressure readings of less than 90/60 mm Hg are
normal as long as you feel well. In general, the lower your blood pressure, the
better. But if you have low blood pressure and feel lightheaded, faint, or
like you may vomit, talk to your doctor.
What Affects the Test
Blood pressure normally goes up and down from day to day
and even from moment to moment. Blood pressure tends to be higher in the morning and
lower at night. Stress, smoking, eating, exercise, cold, pain, noise,
medicines, and even talking can affect it. A single high reading does not mean
high blood pressure, and a single
normal reading does not necessarily mean you do not have high blood pressure.
The average of several repeated measurements throughout the day is more
accurate than a single reading.
blood pressure may only be high when you go to your doctor's office. This is
white-coat (or office) hypertension and may be caused
by stress about seeing your doctor. When you regularly check your blood
pressure at home, you may find that your blood pressure is lower when you are
not at the doctor's office.
What To Think About
Do not adjust your blood pressure
medicines based on home blood pressure readings unless your doctor tells you
Other Places To Get Help
|American Heart Association (AHA)|
|7272 Greenville Avenue|
|Dallas, TX 75231|
|Phone: ||1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721)|
|Web Address: ||www.heart.org|
Visit the American Heart Association (AHA) website for information on
physical activity, diet, and various heart-related conditions. You can search for information on heart disease and stroke, share information with friends and family, and use tools to help you make heart-healthy goals and plans. Contact the AHA to find your
nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA provides brochures and information
about support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a
nationwide organization whose members visit people with heart problems and
provide information and support.
|National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
|P.O. Box 30105|
|Bethesda, MD 20824-0105|
|Phone: ||(301) 592-8573|
|Fax: ||(240) 629-3246|
|TDD: ||(240) 629-3255|
|Web Address: ||www.nhlbi.nih.gov|
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
(NHLBI) information center offers information and publications about preventing
- Diseases affecting the heart and circulation, such as heart
attacks, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, and
heart problems present at birth (congenital heart diseases).
- Diseases that affect the lungs, such as asthma, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, sleep apnea, and
- Diseases that affect the blood, such as anemia,
hemochromatosis, hemophilia, thalassemia, and von Willebrand disease.