consumer-reportsLooking for a gift that keeps on giving all year long? If you have a loved one with hypertension or is at risk for it, consider giving a home blood pressure monitor.

In our tests of 25 blood pressure monitors, performance varied greatly, but you can find a recommended model for as little as $40.

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.

That’s important because when not well-controlled, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke,and kidney problems.

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