Frequent BP Monitoring Is Best
If you check your blood pressure at home, you may be doing your heart a favor. According to a new study reported on in the journal Hypertension and at MSNBC, systematically checking blood pressure at home may be a better way to predict heart attack or stroke risk than periodic checks at the doctor's office. Home monitoring provides more blood pressure measurements, plus there's no white-coat effect. Since patients are more relaxed at home, blood pressure readings are more accurate. The study was conducted in Finland with the Omron's HEM-722c blood pressure monitor, but US patients can use, the HEM-712c, which costs around $60.