Tracking blood pressure at home can help protect the heart, from the October 2013 Harvard Women's Health Watch

For the millions of women with high blood pressure, occasional blood pressure checks at the doctor's office might not be enough, according to an article in the October 2013 Harvard Women's Health Watch. Health organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Society of Hypertension recommend that people with high blood pressure monitor their pressure at home.

Regularly tracking blood pressure at home can help lower the risk for a heart attack—or other heart-related event—better than intermittent measurements at a doctor's office.

Dr. Randall Zusman, director of the Division of Hypertension at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, recommends home blood pressure monitoring to his patients. "It gives them some feedback about how they're doing, and that helps reinforce the efforts they're making," he says.

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