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2017 brought new blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association. The numbers for hypertension stage one have lowered to 130/80. The idea is to get a jump on hypertension before it does too much damage, to address high blood pressure at a earlier stage.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other serious life threatening illnesses. Knowing your blood pressure is extremely important. Having an at-home blood pressure device is a good way to monitor your blood pressure. Here are some tips for choosing and using your monitor from the American Heart Association.


  • Select a monitor that goes around your upper arm. Wrist and finger monitors are not as precise.

  • Select an automated monitor, which has a cuff that inflates itself.

  • Look for a digital readout that is large and bright enough to see clearly.

  • Consider a monitor that also plugs into your smartphone to transfer the readings to an app, which then creates a graph of your progress. Some devices can send readings wirelessly to your phone.


  • Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages 30 minutes beforehand.

  • Sit quietly for five minutes with your back supported and your legs uncrossed.

  • Support your arm so your elbow is at or near heart level.

  • Wrap the cuff over bare skin.

  • Don't talk during the measurement.

  • Leave the deflated cuff in place, wait a minute, then take a second reading. If the readings are close, average them. If not, repeat again and average the three readings.

  • Keep a record of your blood pressure readings, including the time of day.

  • Empty your bladder before your reading.

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