It can help flag problems that may lead to a stroke or other serious health conditions
High blood pressure is more common than you may think. About one in every three people has it, including about 65 percent of people 60 and older. According to the American Heart Association, those with hypertension or suspected high blood pressure should routinely monitor themselves.
“People with hypertension should check their blood pressure at least twice a week at about the same time of day, and as often as twice a day if there are any problems or if their treatment has changed,” says Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, Marvin M. Lipman.
“Checking blood pressure at home is one way of making sure that your treatment is adequate,” he says.
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