Daily home blood pressure monitoring is recommended for anyone who is prone or threatened by hypertension, or simply seeking to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Regular home blood pressure monitoring can also help you to avoid unnaturally high readings (known as “white coat syndrome”) often encountered in a clinical setting. White coat syndrome happens when a patient becomes anxious in the medical environment. This anxiousness raises the patient’s blood pressure and makes the result inaccurate during testing.
To measure your blood pressure, buy a home blood pressure monitoring kit and then chart your results daily on either a printable blood pressure tracker or online tracker. Charting your results from day to day can give you a time-lapse picture and eliminate false readings. Download this helpful sheet that shows you how to monitor your blood pressure.
The American Heart Association has an online blood pressure tracker called Heart 360. There are other online trackers including BloodPressureDB that gives you a selection of blood pressure apps for your mobile phone.
 American Heart Association Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Accessed, July 29, 2016.
The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare provider determine whether treatments are working. Home monitoring is not a substitute for regular visits to your physician. If you have been prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure, don’t stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor, even if your blood pressure readings are in the normal range during home monitoring.