A home blood pressure test allows you to keep track of your blood pressure at home. Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure readings include two numbers, such as 130/80 (say "130 over 80"). The first number is the systolic pressure. The second number is the diastolic pressure.
You may do this test at home to:
Take your blood pressure while you feel comfortable and relaxed. Sit quietly with both feet on the floor for at least 5 minutes before the test.
Proceed with the following steps depending on if you are using a manual or electronic pressure monitor.
Results for adults ages 18 and older (mm Hg):
When you take your own blood pressure at home, you may be more relaxed than when you are in the doctor's office. When you are relaxed, your blood pressure may not be as high. A home blood pressure reading of systolic 135 or more and diastolic 85 or more means high blood pressure (hypertension).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 3, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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