Measuring and recording blood pressure at home
Measuring and recording blood pressure at home helps patients and doctors track changes in blood pressure over periods of time. A home blood pressure monitor is often recommended to patients with high blood pressure, people starting high blood pressure medication or who have risk factors for high blood pressure and even during pregnancy.
Home measurement allows your doctor to more accurately assess your blood pressure and response to medication. Taking Masked Hypertension and White-Coat Hypertension, into consideration, the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) guidelines recommend both home and office blood pressure measurements for accurate diagnosis. ESH issued strong guidance recommending a 5-day regimen that includes two blood pressure measurements in the morning (4a.m.~2 p.m.) and twice in the evening (6 p.m.~12 a.m.). In cases, patients are also advised to use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor track and record daytime and nighttime readings (sleep and waking hours).
Recommendations for accurate use:
- Avoid caffeine, tea, alcohol and tobacco, exercise and even bathing for at least 30 minutes before measurement, as it may raise the blood pressure and thus influence the measurement.
- Sit or lie down for at least 10 minutes before measurement.
- Do not measure when feeling anxious or tense.
- Take a 5-10 minute break between measurements. This break can be longer if necessary, depending on your physical conditions.
- Keep the records for your doctor as reference.
- Blood pressure varies between each arm. Always measure your blood pressure on the same arm.
- Go to the toilet before measuring your blood pressure. A full bladder will influence your blood pressure reading.
With ForaCare’s advanced blood pressure monitoring technology and different modes (auscultatory equipped blood pressure devices), both patients and doctors can now obtain triplicate readings with the push of a single button. The iFORA BP app also connects to the Bluetooth-enabled BPM from ForaCare BPM (Blood Pressure Monitoring).
1. Masked hypertension is defined as a normal blood pressure (BP) in the clinic or office (<140/90
2. White-coat hypertension is defined by elevated office blood pressure (greater than or equal to140/90 mm Hg) with normal out-of-office blood pressure values (<135/85 mm Hg), based on either daytime ambulatory or home blood pressure monitoring.
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