How to take your Own Blood Pressure at Home

Originally published by InBody May 11, 2022

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With additions by Alicia H., St. Cloud Livea, Lifestyle Consultant

BS-Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Sports Nutritionist

 

The powerful heart, beats 100,000xs a day, and pumps about 6 quarts of blood throughout the body, wow what an amazing organ! When an individual is overweight or obese the heart must work much harder to pump blood throughout the body. Good news is that as you lose weight with the Livea program you may notice your blood pressure improving! Keeping your heart healthy is important and monitoring your blood pressure helps ensure your heart is working efficiently. With advances in technology, you can take your own blood pressure from the comfort of your home. Continue reading to learn more about taking your own blood pressure at home.

For correct readings, it’s important to not only consider the accuracy of your blood pressure device but also understand the guidelines your doctor recommends for at-home testing. 

 

Benefits of testing blood pressure at home

The American Heart Association recommends those with high blood pressure (hypertension) regularly monitor their blood pressure at home and schedule regular follow-up visits with a healthcare provider. Regular at-home monitoring is also recommended for those at increased -risk for high blood pressure, including:

  • People starting treatment for high blood pressure
  • Pregnant women with hypertension and/or preeclampsia
  • Individuals with risk factors for high blood pressure, such as obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

At-home testing may provide more accurate results for those who experience white coat syndrome—a term used to describe a change in blood pressure due to anxiety and nervousness associated with seeing a doctor.

Types of at-home blood pressure monitors  

There are two indirect blood pressure monitoring methods that are commonly used in consumer testing.

Oscillatory Blood Pressure Monitors 

Oscillatory blood pressure devices provide automated blood