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Try this to lower your blood pressure

Monitoring at home controls high blood pressure better than infrequent doctor visits.

Here's an easy way to help reduce hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure: start monitoring at home. It's easy, inexpensive, and scientifically proven. "Blood pressure has to be measured regularly at home, not just once in a while at a doctor's office; that's not enough to tell if medication is working or not," says Dr. Andrew Eisenhauer, a cardiologist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

The need for home monitoring

High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls is constantly too high. It injures the vessel walls and forces the heart to work harder, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States. Yet one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, and half don't have it under control.

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