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Measuring blood pressure at home: Keep it simple


When monitoring blood pressure at home,
take multiple measurements of both the upper (systolic) and lower (diastolic) pressure and average them separately.

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Taking twice-daily measurements for a few days will tell you what you need to know for optimal blood pressure control.

Keeping your blood pressure in check is key to a maintaining heart health and preventing stroke, but the way most of us monitor our pressure isn't ideal. We trek to the doctor's office for occasional blood pressure checks, even though that's like trying to figure out what an entire movie is about by glancing at a few seconds of footage.

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