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Your doctor or nurse may want to measure your blood pressure regularly by using a home blood pressure monitor. This is to make sure that your medicines or lifestyle changes are helping to bring your blood pressure down.
Also, you may want to measure your blood pressure yourself at home for your own records. This can be very useful, for a number of reasons:
- It can give a picture of what your blood pressure is like as you go about your daily life
- You can see if your blood pressure is higher in the clinic than it is at home
- You can see how well your medicines and lifestyle changes are working for you
Many people find that using a home blood pressure monitor to track their blood pressure helps them feel more in control of their condition. Home monitoring can also give your doctor or nurse a more complete picture of what your blood pressure is like from day to day.
Is using a home blood pressure monitor right for you?
Measuring your blood pressure with a home blood pressure monitor can be very useful, but it is not for everyone. Some people become more anxious when they start measuring at home and end up taking readings far too often.
Before you decide to try monitoring your blood pressure at home, ask yourself: will using a home blood pressure monitor make me feel more relaxed or more worried?