Home Monitoring--Blood Pressure

Monday, July 09, 2012

For people with borderline or high blood pressure, home testing with a blood-pressure monitor is more important than ever. Dr. Edward Hill discusses home monitoring of blood pressure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Monitoring your blood pressure at home helps you and your doctor choose how to treat your high blood pressure. Controlling it can help lower the risk of problems with your heart, kidneys and eyes.

There are many easy-to-use blood pressure monitors available. You can buy them at most drug stores and medical supply stores. Electronic blood pressure monitors display your blood pressure. The cuffs can be inflated by hand or automatically.

Be sure to use a cuff that fits you, and dont wear tight clothes when checking your blood pressure. Rest quietly before and during measurement. Rest your arm at heart level during measurement. Dont exercise or use any caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants 30 minutes before taking your blood pressure.

Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose a monitor and teach you how to use it.

Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood pressure and what your goals should be.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.