When you visit your doctor for a blood pressure reading, you may feel rushed or anxious. Therefore, the reading your doctor gets may not represent what your blood pressure is when you're at home or at work. Some people also have "masked hypertension." With masked hypertension, blood pressure is high at home but normal at the doctor's office. When you monitor your pressure, you get a better idea of how it varies over the course of the day. By keeping a record of these readings, your doctor can get a better idea of how your blood pressure therapy is working and whether changes need to be made.
Blood pressure monitors give you the ability to monitor your blood pressure at home. Some research shows people who follow their blood pressure at home have more success controlling it. That's important since uncontrolled high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney damage. The blood pressure monitors available are easier than ever to use and allow close monitoring of blood pressure readings.