How to Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

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If you monitor your blood pressure at home with the aid of a home device or in-store blood pressure reader, you'll have a better idea of your overall health or the effectiveness of your medication. Get expert tips from this free video on blood pressure.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with wellLIFE, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina and we will be discussing how to monitor your blood pressure at home. We have a lot of patients that actually check their blood pressure every morning or every evening before retiring to bed and just writing it down for their physician. The way one can monitor their blood pressure at home is actually get a blood pressure monitor for the home and all of our pharmacies have them at somewhat of a reasonable price. Another way to check it at home is when you are out and about in the Walmarts or in the pharmacies, just go and have the blood pressure checked at their blood pressure machine. One way that I would say how not to check your blood pressure is don't go by the way that you're feeling. I have a lot of patients that say when I get a headache then I know that my blood pressure is high and when I start to get blurred vision I know that my blood pressure is high, that is not, not an effective way of knowing what the blood pressure is because that may or may not be even blood pressure related and if you are having those type of problems and it is related to a blood pressure issue, then that could be a medical emergency. That was basic information. Make sure to consult with your health care provider.

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