Blood pressure measurement is important as it is highly related to heart disease risk. High blood pressure can be caused by many different factors such as body weight, diet and family history. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, are overweight, or your doctor has concerns about your blood pressure level, you may need to monitor your own blood pressure on a regular basis.
Blood pressure measurements taken at the doctor's office can sometimes be elevated due to the stress of being tested, while the true blood pressure may be much lower. We call this 'white coat fever'. In such cases it is suggested you monitor your blood pressure in the convenience of your own home, where you can get a more accurate reading.
There are many blood pressure units that can be purchased to take your blood pressure at home, that are simple to use and do not require any training. Each blood pressure testing unit is different, you will need to follow the instructions that come with it. Before each measurement, make sure you are relaxed and have not performed any strenuous exercise in the previous 24 hours. Follow the same procedure before each test so that the results are comparable.
If you have a consistently high blood pressure level, you should consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment.
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