Ask the doctor: Should I buy a blood pressure monitor?

Published: September, 2012

Q. I have high blood pressure. Is it worth it to buy a blood pressure monitor to check my pressure at home?

A. Yes. Habitual home blood pressure checks give a more accurate view of your blood pressure than intermittent office-based readings or occasional checks at your drugstore. Home monitoring is particularly helpful for evaluating the effectiveness of lifestyle changes or medications aimed at lowering your blood pressure.

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