Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home

Since there are typically no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, it is important to consistently monitor your blood pressure. Your provider will measure your blood pressure every time you visit. Taking your blood pressure at home gives you and your provider a more complete picture of your health. With this information, your provider can adjust goals for you, which may include medication changes.

Click below to view a video on measuring  your blood pressure.

SMBP Training Video


How to Measure Blood Pressure

  • Measure over bare skin or thin fabric. Taking measurements over bulky or bunched clothing can raise your measurements by as much as 40 mm Hg.
  • Measure at the same time every day. It is important to take the readings at the same time each day, such as in the morning before your medications and in the evening after dinner.
  • Be still. Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Empty your bladder and allow at least five minutes of quiet rest before taking your blood pressure.
  • Sit correctly. Sit with your back straight and supported (on a firm chair rather than a sofa). Keep your feet flat on the floor and your legs uncrossed. Support your arm on a flat surface (such as a table) with the upper arm at heart level and your palm facing up. Make sure the bottom of the cuff is placed directly above the bend of the elbow.
  • Repeat and record. Each time you measure, take two or three readings one to five minutes apart and record the results.

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