50 million Americans have hypertension. Because there are usually no symptoms, over 1/3 of people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. With proper monitoring, high blood pressure is easily detected and, usually, easily controlled.

In general, you will not get the exact same blood pressure reading twice in a row since blood pressure fluctuates constantly. Some people may experience what is known as White Coat Hypertension, meaning that blood pressure readings are higher at the doctor's office than at home. White Coat Hypertension is mainly attributed to the nervousness many experience in a physician's office. This condition makes home monitoring all the more valuable.

Your goal with a home blood pressure monitor is to take a series of readings over a doctor suggested period of time. This will allow you and your physician an opportunity to get a better understanding of your condition and take the necessary corrective steps.

How to take an accurate blood pressure reading: