Feb 24, 2021

Interviewer: Just like a thermometer or a first aid kit, should a blood pressure cuff be something you have in your home? Dr. Tom Miller, what do you think?

Dr. Miller: Maybe. If you have a measurement of high blood pressure in your doctor's office, I would recommend that you do get a home cuff and monitor your pressures in a more realistic situation.

Interviewer: And what are the benefits of having one?

Dr. Miller: Well first is as I said, I mean, checking your blood pressure several times during the day while you're going about your usual activities is a more accurate reflection of what your pressure really is. The second is you can track improvements based on the therapy that you're undergoing. Whether that's lifestyle intervention or actual medications, you can know if those are effective. And the third is basically it will save you some trips back to the doctor's office.

Any of my patients with hypertension or high blood pressure are advised to go and buy one of these cuffs and track their pressures at home and then submit the measurements to me for evaluation.

updated: February 24, 2021
originally published: June 15, 2017

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