Checking blood pressure: Do try this at home

Home monitoring makes sense if you have high blood pressure.

Your blood pressure changes from hour to hour, sometimes even minute to minute. Standing up from a chair, watching an exciting show on television, eating a meal, listening to soothing music, being stressed "" even the time of day "" influence your blood pressure. It jumps around so much that you are more likely to get a "normal" reading if you check it at home rather than in the doctor's office.

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