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Why should I consider using a home blood pressure monitor?

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Doctors are telling more and more people with high blood pressure to check their numbers at home. Why? At the doctor’s office, your blood pressure reading only shows your numbers at that moment. A home monitor lets you check it often. This can give your doctor a better idea of your true blood pressure. The best way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to measure it several times a day for a few months.

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

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