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Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home

Written by
Dr. Kiran Kumar Reddy Cv
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Nov 12, 2013 and last reviewed on Jan 03, 2020   -  2 min read


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 medication.

Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home

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 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 the 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:

These days this task is very easy as digital blood pressure monitors are available in 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 wrist blood pressure monitor and arm blood pressure monitor. It was found that the arm blood pressure monitors are more reliable.

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

The following aspects are to be considered when buying:

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



22-32 cm



32-45 cm




Last reviewed at:
03 Jan 2020  -  2 min read




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