To begin, youll need a blood pressure monitor. There are dozens of models on the market. But for best accuracy and ease of use, buy a validated monitor. In order for a monitor to be validated, it must meet a series of testing standards to ensure accuracy.

The monitor should have a cuff for the upper arm (not the wrist or finger) that automatically inflates. If possible, purchase a monitor that automatically records your pressures. Ask your provider for specific recommendations.

To ensure an accurate reading, follow these steps:

Your provider will tell you when and how often to measure your blood pressure.

Many blood pressure monitors store a weeks worth of readings, or more. Certain models will even automatically and wirelessly deliver each reading to your computer or smartphone. If yours doesnt, keep a record.

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