It appears that monitoring blood pressure at home helps control hypertension better than just a doctor visit. Harvard experts say it’s because of two important factors. One, paying more attention to blood pressure levels helps people know when their blood pressure is elevated, which makes them more likely to ask for adjustments in medications. Two, home monitoring encourages people to become partners in the management of their blood pressure, which means they’ll be more likely to exercise and reduce salt intake, which are also important to lower high blood pressure.
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