Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If Concerned, Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If Concerned, Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

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Dear Doctor K: I have hypertension and am on treatment. When my doctor checks the pressure, he says I'm doing "OK." Should I be monitoring my blood pressure at home?

Dear Reader: You should definitely talk to your doctor about that. Home blood pressure monitors are easy and inexpensive, and provide you and your doctor with the information you need to protect your health.

About one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, or hypertension. And about half of those with high blood pressure don't have it under control. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. In my opinion, hypertension is one of the most important public health problems in the United States, as it affects so many people.

You always have a blood pressure, every minute of the night and day, and it can change a lot from one moment to the next. …

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