Harvard Men's Health Watch

Measuring blood pressure at home: Keep it simple

Single measurements of blood pressure in the doctor’s office can be misleading. They may look higher or lower than they are in the person’s daily life. At-home measurements can produce a more accurate picture of a person’s blood pressure over time.  The information improves control of high blood pressure and helps to show the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Two measurements in the morning and evening for several days are usually sufficient to provide an accurate snapshot of the person’s average daily blood pressure.
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