Home Blood Pressure Test
Why It Is Done
Home blood pressure monitoring measures your blood pressure at different times and in different places (such as at home and at work) during the day. It may be done to:
- Find out if you have Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window.
- Keep track of how well medicine taken to reduce blood pressure is working.
- Check how lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise, are affecting blood pressure. Home monitoring can help people feel more involved in and more in control of their own health care.
- Watch for changes in blood pressure that may be side effects of medicines.
- Check for problems with high blood pressure during pregnancy or with Reference preeclampsia Opens New Window. For more information, see the topic Reference Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is often used if there is a big difference between the blood pressure readings you get at home and your readings in your doctor's office.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology