Checking your own blood pressure
Your blood pressure changes throughout the day. Emotions, exercise, stress, and what you eat or drink can change your blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure can rise or fall just because you’re in your doctor’s office. For all these reasons, it may be important to check your blood pressure at home—and not just at your doctor’s office.
How to measure blood pressure using a manual monitor
Watch this video to learn how to measure blood pressure using a manual monitor. Talk with your doctor about how to take your blood pressure. Tell your doctor about your blood pressure numbers.
How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor
Watch this video to learn how to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor.Talk with your doctor about how to take your blood pressure. Tell your doctor about your blood pressure numbers.
Blood Pressure Tracker
Take your blood pressure at home and record your results in this tracker. Be sure to share the results with your doctor at your next visit.
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The American Heart Association recommends home blood pressure checks for everyone with high blood pressure. But remember:
- Checking your blood pressure at home or at the pharmacy does not replace regular visits to your doctor
- Do not stop taking your medicine—even if your home blood pressure checks show that your blood pressure is in the normal range
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