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Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home

Published on Nov 12, 2013 and last reviewed on Jul 04, 2022   -  4 min read

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Blood pressure is one of the vitals that needs to be monitored regularly. Read the article below to know how to do it at home.

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Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home

Introduction:

Monitoring your blood pressure at home on a regular basis will help diagnose hypertension early on and prevent other lifestyle conditions. It can also be used to adjust your dosage if you are taking BP (blood pressure) medications.

How to Monitor Blood Pressure at Home?

Blood pressure monitoring at home is recommended for most people who are suspected of having high blood pressure or are at high risk. The doctor would not be able to correctly say that you are hypertensive with only one reading of the blood pressure. The guidelines say that at-least three readings have to be taken at different time points in a day to confirm the diagnosis of hypertension. The readings taken while people are going about their daily lives are more accurate than those taken in a clinic. These readings would also give your doctor information about how the medication is working. The ideal method - ambulatory blood pressure monitoring - uses a portable recorder.

Researches recommend regular blood pressure monitoring for the following persons:

What to Look for When Buying a Blood Pressure Monitoring Device?

These days this task is very easy as digital blood pressure monitors are available on the market. They measure your blood pressure and store the readings also with the time stamp. These devices are very user-friendly, and there is no dependency on any other person for measuring. There are 2 types of devices, and they are a wrist blood pressure monitor and an arm blood pressure monitor. It was found that arm blood pressure monitors are more reliable.

As there are many blood pressure monitoring devices available on the market, it is very important that you choose the right one for your needs.

The following aspects are to be considered when buying the device:

Validation: Validation essentially means an accurate monitor. Please check whether it is clinically validated before you buy.

Cuff Size That Fits Your Arm: Only when you have the correct cuff size, the readings will be accurate.

Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Sizes -

Measurement (cm)

Measurement (inches)

Cuff size

18-22 cm

7.1-8.7”

Small

22-32 cm

8.8-12.8”

Medium

32-45 cm

12.8-18”

Large

What Tips Should Be Followed for Measuring Blood Pressure at Home?

The following tips can be followed prior to measuring your blood pressure at home:

The tips to be followed while measuring your blood pressure at home:

How Frequently Should You Measure Your Blood Pressure?

When and how frequently you should take your readings depends on your condition and your doctor’s advice. Initially, it can be essential to monitor your blood pressure at regular intervals.

However, there might be circumstances when you would want to measure your blood pressure more frequently. For example, when a new medicine or an altered dose of medicine is given to you, to look for the effect of the change. It is also helpful to maintain the record for four days to a week before your next appointment.

Conclusion:

Blood pressure can be easily monitored at home. But, it requires knowledge of all the critical information about the device and the method to be followed. It helps in giving a clue of the present condition at the moment and also aids in keeping the record for a period of time.

Last reviewed at:
04 Jul 2022  -  4 min read

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