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How closely should I monitor my blood pressure?

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It's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. Know your blood pressure number. Let your doctor know if your blood pressure number is higher.

You can monitor your blood pressure between doctor's visits with a home blood pressure monitor. Or, you can use an electronic blood pressure monitor at your local pharmacy, grocery store, or fire station.

From: Prehypertension: Are You at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

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