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
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:
- Do not exercise, eat or smoke for 1/2 hour before taking a reading, and rest for 5 minutes prior.
- Sit in a chair in a quiet place.
- Remove tight-fitting clothing from upper left arm.
- Take readings at the same time each day for consistency.