Adults need ongoing blood pressure assessment through their lives.
- 1 in 4 Canadians is affected by hypertension (high blood pressure)
- 50% of 50 year-old adults are hypertensive
- Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular disease events than office based readings.
- HBPM helps confirm the diagnosis of hypertension, helps identify white coat syndrome and masked hypertension.
- HBPM allows you to know your targets and work towards lowering your blood pressure.
- HBPM reduces the need for prescription medication.
- HBPM improves medication and lifestyle adherence.
Purchase a recommended blood pressure monitor. Look for the logo, which ensures accuracy in blood pressure readings. Your healthcare provider can help you select the appropriate home blood pressure monitor and the right cuff size. We recommend you regularly have your blood pressure monitor calibrated with your healthcare professional.
Check your blood pressure, allowing time to do it correctly:
- Allow yourself 5-10 minutes to sit and relax in a quiet place. Try to stay away from watching television or talking on the phone before or during your blood pressure measurement.
- Place the blood pressure cuff on your bare arm, aligned with your heart; sit in a chair that supports your back ; do not cross your legs and keep your feet on the floor. You can use a side table to rest your arm at heart level.
- Measure your blood pressure twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening, preferably before meals and medication; to maintain consistency try to check you BP at the same time during the day.
- Take 1-3 readings at a time, waiting 2-3 minutes between readings and record them with the date and time on the blood pressure diary that comes with the device.
Measuring your blood pressure twice a day for a week helps your physician assess your blood pressure and make a more informed diagnosis.